Production area

Grapes for this village appellation are harvested in the delimited areas within the village of Santenay. This appellation covers a surface area of 328,27 hectares of which 122,49 hectares are classified as Premier Cru. Only 10% of production is devoted to white wine. The distinction “Premier Cru” is given to certain vineyards whose wines have traditionally been of higher quality. Only 11% of Burgundy’s wines are entitled to this privilege.

Origins

The soil of the “Côte” is derived principally from the subsidence of the Saône River floodplain which resulted in a 200 metres drop with relation to the Morvan plateau, creating a long hillside with very regular slopes and eastern and south-eastern exposure. Beaurepaire is located above the village and faces east. The soil overlies fissured limestone covered with a thin layer of marl. In old french, “repaire” meant “returning home” and by extension “refuge” or “residence”.

Varietal

100% Chardonnay

Vinification and maturing

The grapes were hand-picked. Aged for 18 months with no racking or stirring to bring out all of this wine’s minerality. A proportion of 30% new french oak barrels were used.

Tasting notes

COLOUR : Pale gold highlights.
NOSE : 
Very delicate aromas of white blossoms with just a hint of oak.
PALATE :
Very soft with a great deal of minerality, superb length and a tangy finish.

Food and wine pairing

Perfect with fish couscous, pasta or risotto, poultry in cream sauce and cheeses like Comté, Beaufort and goat cheese.

Serving suggestions

11 to 12°C

Ageing potential

7 to 9 years

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