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2020 Bachelet-Monnot Santenay Les Prarons Dessus Rouge

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

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90-92Vinous / IWC

The palate is well balanced and quite saline, and the 25% whole bunches are nicely integrated. Rather spicy with a touch of balsamic toward the finish. So much freshness and vibrancy in this Santenay! Excellent.

Ripe and quite fresh aromas jump from the glass to reveal notes of red berry liqueur, earth and a hint of the sauvage. There is again excellent intensity and detail to middle weight flavors that terminate in a cool, restrained and slightly austere finale. This is really quite good for its level and worth checking out.


France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Santenay

Santenay is the southernmost appellation in the Côte d’Or. The appellation includes the communes of Santenay and Remigny and it has 813 vineyard acres. Both red and white wines can be made within the Santenay appellation, though in practice about 85% of the wine produced here is red. Pinot Blanc may be used in white wines, though most white Santenays are 100% Chardonnay. Though there are no Grands Crus, Santenay boasts 12 Premiers Crus. Among the best Premiers Crus vineyards are Clos de Tavannes, La Comme, Les Gravières and Le Passe Temps. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “good Santenays share a robust, tannic, earthy character with a bouquet that suggests cherry and strawberry fruit intertwined with the smell of sautéed almonds.” Clive Coates has noted that the white wines of Santenay “should be crisp, medium-bodied and fruity, less racy but fuller than Saint-Aubins, perhaps with a touch of spice…”


Red Wine, Pinot Noir, AOC (AC)

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.