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Vincent Girardin Les Santenots, Volnay Premier Cru 2016

Santenay based domaine established by Jean Girardin and subsequently broken up by him in 1982, sharing out the vineyards between his four children. Vincent took his 4Ha share and established an estate which today comprises 22Ha, mostly of Chardonnay.

Biodynamic certification as of 2009.

The Les Santenots vineyard is composed of 65 year old vines on a gentle slope of clay and limestone.

Harvest is picked by hand. The grapes are sorted twice (when picking the grapes and on the sorting table), then partially destemmed and put in stainless still thermo-regulated tanks. The alcoholic fermentation begins with natural yeasts for around 3 weeks. Pumping-over and crushing are carried out very softly in order to get the purest and most representative wine.

Ageing is in French oak (20% new) and lasts 14 months on fine lees. The dmoaine follow the lunar calendar ("fruit day”) for bottling, without fining and filtering.

An elegant nose of raspberry, violet and spices. Fresh mouthwatering cherry and black fruits with a long smoky finish. Opulent tannic structure balances through to the finish, and therefore quite ageworthy. A lovely, feminine wine.

Pair with roasted meats, full-flavoured cheeses.