A typical Santenay red wine is more deeply colored than the wines from further north, but still retains the dark cherry color so characteristic of red Burgundy. The aromas are of licorice, red berries and violets, and the most perfumed examples also show notes of rose petals.
Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of 2015 Côte de Beaune reds (see blue link below).
Domaine Chevalier is a 15-hectare, family domaine situated in Ladoix, in the north of the Côte de Beaune. Established in 1850, it is now run by Claude Chevalier and his daughters, Julie and Chloé. Claude's whites have the mealy and mineral quality that typifies great Burgundy, at a relatively modest price. The style combines the taut, steely feel of Chablis but with the fruit intensity, finesse and hints of riper stone fruit of the Côte de Beaune. His red wines have incredible purity and elegance.
Ladoix is in the northern Cote de Beaune, adjoining the Côte de Nuits vineyards. The village lies at the foot of the Mont de Corton where the soils are chalky marl.
Low yields and warm weather in 2015 allowed for ample ripeness, small berries and an early harvest. Quality is looking extremely fine, with some people whispering comparisons with the outstanding 2005 vintage. Acid levels in individual wines may be crucial.
Vinification was done in the traditional way, with fermentation taking place in vat. The wine was aged in oak barrels, with no new wood for 12 months. It was rested and bottled in January.
The Domaine Chevalier Ladoix Rouge is a lovely ruby garnet in colour, characteristic of Pinot Noir, with soft red fruit perfumes of rasperries and red cherries and excellent depth of flavour. Fine, ripe tannins and a long, delicately perfumed finish.
We took into stock some of Debray’s 2008 offerings some years ago, have kept them perfectly and they are now in great shape for drinking. Gevrey-Chambertin requires little introduction to most as one of the Côte de Nuits' most revered appellations. As with most Côte de Nuits reds, it offers a darker and slightly more complex wine (even as red Burgundies go) featuring the earthy gamey-ness notes that typifies the reds of these stellar communes.
A deep dark ruby red with beautiful deep purple streaks. The expressive nose seduces us with its stoned fruits, spices and smoky notes. On the palate, this wine is silky, round and full, with well blended tannins. A sophisticated Nuits-Saint-Georges
The 2015 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of "Everyday Wines" (under £25) (see blue link below).
These grapes used to be sold to the local cooperative until 1996, when Jean-Claude Lapalu started his own winery. Lapalu’s 12 hectares of old vines in Brouilly are farmed biodynamically, with natural winemaking methods followed in the winery. Very fragrant and expressive, it displays aromas of violet and juicy red berry. Fresh and very much alive on the palate, it has depth and plenty of dark berry and spice character.
Impossible to miss, the small jewel of Domaine Jessiaume sits at the entrance to the tiny spa town of Santenay. Built in 1850, it comprises over 37 acres, with large plots in Santenay, important holdings in the Premiers Crus Auxey Duresses Les Ecusseaux and Volnay Les Brouillards and a terrific section of Beaune les Cent Vignes vineyard. Domaine Jessiaume always create wines with elegance and finesse.
This wine spends 12 months in French oak barrels and 3 months in stainless tank before bottling.
The wine has a ruby red, clear colour, with a bouquet of red fruit (cherry and rasberry). The fruit then continues on the palate and leads to a nice supple finish. This Bourgogne Pinot Noir has the capacity to age for around 4 to 6 years.
It goes particularly well with rotisserie chicken, grilled meats and vegetables.
Brilliant colour, plus peony and violet aroma nuanced with liquorice make for a wine with a deep and intense attack and a persistent mouth-finish.
Aloxe-Corton has been the home of the Latour family and the heart of Domaine Louis Latour for centuries. This wine has an inviting, warm red colour which leads to an earthy, spicy, tannic palate which mellows beautifully with age.
This charming wine has ripe fruit aromas and its spicy nature was conferred by the 12 months spent in oak barrels. Somewhat vanilla, and also liquorice, this complex wine is round yet mellow.
Les Vignes Franches is one of the best Premier Cru vineyards of the town, producing a wine that is persuasively elegant and graceful with a fragrant floral nose and yet well capable of ageing to perfection for a considerable period of time.