Santenay Blanc, Les Heritiers Saint-Genys, Burgundy, France 2015

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Santenay Blanc, Les Heritiers Saint-Genys, Burgundy, France 2015

from 29.00

The struck flint, citrus and hazelnut aromas are as unequivocal as the hallmark on a piece of silver and they certify this wine’s authenticity as sterling Burgundy. It comes from Santenay, an appellation that is becoming popular with value hunters, now that Saint Aubin’s secret is out, as it’s right next door to Chassagne-Montrachet, but the prices are more merciful. This is very fine indeed with a northern European coolness, which acidulates the riper stone fruit flavours and the barrel ageing (20% new) brings an elegant hint of cedar and viennoiserie. That’s pastry to you and me (like Greggs, but posher). It’s a wine you can serve with confidence to anyone who ‘knows their Burgundy’, because everything here is on point. 13% alc. Drink now-2024.

Press review:

Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin): “Oatmeal and apples and then a glorious, unexpected breadth of ripe late-harvest apples and wholegrain – Bircher muesli. Long, bright, vibrant, vibrating. Santenay at its best and such good value for white burgundy. Drink 2018-2025” 17 points

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Santenay is a village appellation in the Cote de Beaune, which borders Chassagne-Montrachet and Saint Aubin to the north and Maranges to the south. It has 16 Premier Cru vineyards, the best of which are considered to be those that extend from Chassagne-Montrachet. It has been described by the Oxford Wine Companion as “a somewhat forgotten village”, which is great news for bargain hunters, given its proximity to the more famous villages already mentioned.

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