Bouchard Père et Fils Santenay Rouge
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Great introduction into Burgundy.
- The appellation of Santenay is located at the very southern extremity of the limestone ridge which is home to Burgundy’s best vineyard sites.
- The wines of the Santenay appellation are more rustic than refined. This is generally attributed to Santenay’s particular terroir, which has a large proportion of marlstone, a factor it shares with the Côte Chalonnaise, which is located next to Santenay.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: Purchases of grapes are made through contracts with vine growers, who make a commitment to respecting Bouchard Père & Fils strict quality criteria. Grapes are hand-harvested. The vatting last for 14 – 16 days. The wine is then aged for 10-12 months in 25% new French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: On the nose, aromas of black berry fruit. This full-bodied wine is underpinned by lovely tannins that give it its character.
Founded in 1731, Maison Bouchard Père & Fils is one of Burgundy’s oldest wine merchant houses. Over the centuries, the House has been devoted to acquiring highly renowned parcels, in order to build a prestigious domaine: 130 hectares of Crus. The famed vineyards include: Beaune Grèves Vigne de L’Enfant Jésus, Chevalier-Montrachet, Montrachet, Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Bonnes-Mares and Clos Vougeot to name a few. In 1995 this exceptional collection was purchased by Joseph Henriot, and is today part of Maisons & Domaines Henriot. Maison Bouchard Père & Fils has invested in the vine to bottle, the process is handled with meticulous care, to ensure the most faithful expression of each terroir. Installed since the beginning of the 19th century on the site of the ancient Châteaude Beaune, Maison Bouchard Père & Fils uses the underground galleries and bastions of this fortress built by LuisXI, 10 meters below ground, for the slow maturing of its wines under optimal conditions. Millions of bottles, including a rare collection of pre-phylloxera wines rest in the cellars today protected by 7 meter thick walls.