Abbaye de Santenay was initially created in 1985 by Michel Clair who inherited part of the family domaine. His father’s property, Domaine François Clair, was split into two (1 part given to Michel and the other part to the other son Denis). In 2001 Michel expanded the size of the property thanks to land he inherited from his uncle Louis Clair who had no children. A new domaine (combining the two properties) called Domaine de l’Abbaye de Santenay was thus created. Domaine de l’Abbaye de Santenay (14 hectares) is today run by Ludovic Pierrot, the son-in-law of Michel Clair. Ludovic and his team carry on the effort and maintain the vines in a rigorous way to obtain high quality fruit. The philosophy of the domaine is to get the best of the terroirs, respecting nature and preserving the finesse of the wines. The domaine is certified Organic (Ecocert) and Biodynamic (Demeter).
Aromas of raspberries and cherries mingle with notes of peony, dark chocolate and spices in an incipiently complex bouquet introducing Pierrot's 2018 Santenay 1er Cru Clos des Tavannes. It's a medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated wine that's beautifully balanced and energetic, displaying considerable structural finesse. Readers who have not yet registered how refined the wines of Santenay can be should taste this cuvée and take note. Date: Feb 2020; Drink: 2022-2040 Rating: 93 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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