Côte de Beaune

Château de Santenay

This magnificent property, which dates back to the 9th century, is also known...

as Château Philippe le Hardi, as it was once owned by the first Duc of Burgundy. Philippe le Hardi is famous as the person who banned the cultivation of Gamay in the Côte d'Or, saying in his edict of 1395 that only Pinot Noir could be used in the production of red wines from the already fabled slopes. Despite its long history, the property had fallen on hard times until it was taken over by the French bank Crédit Agricole in recent years. They have invested heavily, bringing in a new team to support the general manager, Gérard Fagnoni, and putting the emphasis on quality. The property has 98 hectares of vineyard, 72 of which are in Mercurey. These are remarkably well made and good value wines from the Côte d'Or and Côte Chalonnaise.

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Situated in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet is home to arguably some of the world's greatest white wines. The soils around Chassagne-Montrachet are characteristically Burgundian, with a high content of limestone.

Vintage Information

In 2017, Burgundy enjoyed a return to average yields, although some areas were impacted by spring frosts which slightly reduced yields. The vines’ growth cycle benefited from an early budburst at the beginning of April, which was followed by a very warm summer interspersed with a few hot spells as well as more mixed conditions. Ripening progressed at a good pace with the first grapes being harvested across the region two weeks earlier than average.


The winemaking at Château de Santenay is simple and traditional. After crushing in a pneumatic press, the must was settled for 12 hours then fermented in oak barrels. The wine was aged on its lees and spent 14 months in oak, of which 20% was new, before being bottled in December.

Tasting Notes

This wine boasts aromas of ripe, rich stone fruits with a touch of honey. On the palate, the flavours are concentrated and complex, with notes of vanilla and refreshing citrus fruit which linger on the finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Gérard Fagnoni
Alcohol (ABV) 13%