2011 Santennay Vielles Vignes RougeBurgundy France
Santennay is a small village located in the department of the famous Cote de Beaune (which is part of the Cotes d'Or). Michel Colin was the third generation of his family to grow grapes in the prestigious Cores de Beaune. When he retired in 2003, he handed the property over to his sons, Philippe and Bruno, who split the holdings between them to bottle under separate labels. With the help of his wife, Stephanie, Bruno farms 20 acres of land in 30 different parcels scattered over five communities, with sometimes with as little as a few rows per parcel. To farm under these circumstances is quintessentially Burgundian, where old Napoleonic codes of inheritance that evolved from Roman law divide property equally among offspring; as a consequence, parcels farmed by any one family continue to get smaller and smaller as they are distributed among family members.
Bruno uses traditional vinification methods and ages his wines anywhere from 12 to 18 months in barrels, though he tends to vinify each parcel in a similar fashion. Bruno's style shows beautiful balance, both aromatically and texturally, while showcasing the delicate minerality and nuanced complexity of each vineyard. This full-bodied 100% Pinot Noir Santenay shows generous aromas of black cherry, blueberry, earth and spice that are followed by flavors of humus and more spice with, as perhaps expected, a spicy finish. Best from 2015 through 2018. 89 points Wine Spectator. 13% ABV SWC