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2019 Santenay Rouge 1er Cru “Passetemps”

Domaine de Villaine
Discount Eligible $120.00
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This outstanding Santenay is so expressive, with notes of red fruit, rose petals, peonies, and a touch of spice. Its full-bodied nature and beautifully integrated tannins suggests a long life ahead.

Tom Wolf


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Santenay
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine A. & P. de Villaine
Vineyard: .73 ha, 45 years
Soil: Clay
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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Sampler Includes:

2022 Vin de France Blanc Melon de Bourgogne  $32
Possibly the best rendition of Melon de Bourgogne in Burgundy, this is crisp, lively, and refreshing—a perfect match for oysters or lightly prepared seafood.

2021 Bourgogne Blanc  $45

The fruit in this blanc comes from the northern Mâconnais, which explains its textbook orchard fruit and crystalline finish. To relate to this wine, Valentin suggests you grab a barstool, a whole saucisson, and a hunk of chèvre, and post yourself at the zinc countertop of a classic French bistro for a tête-à-tête.

2020 Vézelay Blanc “La Châtelaine”  $38
La Châtelaine highlights what may be the best terroir of Vézelay and why this little appellation is on the map in the first place. With a style that hews more closely to Chablis than to Côte d’Or, La Châtelaine shows off a mouth-coating, deep, zesty, and mineral side.

2022 Bourgogne Rouge “L’Ermitage”  $42
Blending Pinot Noir with a little of the local red grape César results in a rouge unlike any other in Burgundy today. The César adds an element of dense, dark fruit and tannic structure, while the fresh, bright, and lively Pinot Noir provides fluidity and high-toned aromatics.

2022 Juliénas  $35

Sourced from an organically farmed vineyard on granite soil, this is textbook cru Beaujolais: very aromatic with loads of fresh Gamay fruit, it flows over the palate with a buoyancy that simply makes it hard to resist.

2022 Bourgogne Rouge “Champs Cadet”  $42
A gorgeous, exuberant, and versatile red Burgundy, evoking red berries, a hint of black tea, and spices.

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SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $187.00
(a 20% discount)

Where the newsletter started

Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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