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Santenay

 

Discover the Santenay wine appellation

 

The Santenay AOC is from the south of the Côte de Beaune (in the Burgundy region), right next to the Côte d’Or and the Saône-et-Loire. The Santenay wines come in two colors, red and white, and grow in a huge 390 hectares vineyard, which can produce up to 15,000 hectoliters each year. The upper part of the vineyard sits at 500 meters of altitude and is composed of gray limestone soils. Its slopes are facing south and go as low as 300 meters downhill. The lower part is a blend of oölites (grains made of limestone or iron) and marls.

The red wines are predominant here, made using Pinot Noir grapes. The white wines are much rarer and come from Chardonnay grapes. 11 climates (also called "localitites") can use the Premier Cru classification, the other ones can add their own names to the “Santenay” appellation. It’s often said that a Santenay can be refined like a Volnay and dynamic like a Pommard.

Check out our selection of the best Santenay wines.

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