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The 2018 Santenay 1er Cru Le Beaurepaire Rouge has also turned out beautifully, mingling aromas of ripe cherries, cocoa nib, sweet soil tones and spices in a complex bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and sensuous, its ample core of fruit is underpinned by lively acids and melting tannins. This is one of the most texturally refined wines in the range this year, but for all the early accessibility that conveys, it will age with grace.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 92+ RPAttractive spice, florals and a white-pepper and chalky edge to the nose. Elegant, svelte and gently peppery palate with smooth, fine-grained tannins. Drink over the next five years.James Suckling | 91 JS
Aromas of cherries, cinnamon, dark chocolate and rich soil tones introduce the 2018 Santenay 1er Cru Le Passetemps, a medium to full-bodied wine that’s velvety and enveloping, with a layered core of ripe but succulent fruit, powdery tannins and a long, resonant finish. Might this be the best Passetemps that Vincent has produced from this high-density 2004 planting? I’m certainly inclined to think so.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 93 RP
The 2019 Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières derives from a parcel at the southern end of this large climat, which was planted in the early 1950s and where missing vines have never been replaced. Delivering aromas of sweet red berries, orange rind, rose petals and spices, it’s medium to full-bodied, layered and perfumed, with lively acids and powdery tannins that assert themselves on the saline finish.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 92 RPThe 2019 Santenay Les Gravières 1er Cru was bottled in October 2020. Wild strawberry and raspberry feature on the nose, interwoven with iris and potpourri scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a little more substance and concentration than the 2020, and fine grip and tension on the finish. This should give several years’ drinking pleasure.Vinous Media | 90 VM
Mingling aromas of plums, peonies, raw coca, orange rind and spices, the 2019 Santenay 1er Cru Le Beaurepaire Rouge is medium to full-bodied, velvety and concentrated, its fleshy core of fruit framed by velvety tannins and girdled by succulent acids. This has turned out very well.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 93 RPThis 0.45ha parcel at the base of the slope is trained very high and the shoots are not trimmed, but braided together, in order to naturally reduce the yield. The grapes are fermented as whole clusters to yield exuberant red and black fruit aromas, with a gentle suggestion of brambles and spice. The texture is silky and approachable, with soft tannins, a plump feel in the mouth and rewarding length. Drinking Window 2021 - 2034.Decanter | 93 DECThe 2019 Santenay Le Beaurepaire 1er Cru (Rouge) comes from vines planted by Jean-Marc’s grandfather just after the war, with 40-50% whole bunches. The 2019 has a very enchanting bouquet with black cherry and blueberry fruit, touches of crushed violet and incense emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine concentration, gentle grip, quite saline in the mouth with wonderful purity towards the finish. Lightly spiced, almost peppery in style, this is very complex and vivacious. Highly recommended.Vinous Media | 91 VM
The 2019 Santenay 1er Cru Le Passetemps is lovely, bursting with aromas of ripe berries, plums, raw cocoa, licorice and sweet spices. Medium to full-bodied, ample and velvety, its chassis of powdery tannins is cloaked in a wealth of rich but succulent fruit. This is a gourmand, sensual Passetemps from Jean-Marc Vincent.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 93 RPPronounced aromas of ripe red and black fruit are shaded with hints of leather, smoke, and wild herbs for a somewhat rustic edge. On the palate, the wine is fresh and lively, with a luminously round and satisfying fruit character through the finish. Vincent owns 0.81ha in this lieu-dit, essentially a continuation of Gravières, planted on a white marl soil and it was here that he harvested the ripest fruit of 2019. Drinking Window 2021 - 2029.Decanter | 92 DECThe 2019 Santenay Le Passetemps 1er Cru veers more towards red fruit on the nose, lively and floral with rose petals and incense. Lovely transparency here. The palate is medium-bodied with a little chewiness on the entry, good density and gentle grip. Darker fruit than on the nose, this offers lovely blackberry and cranberry mixed with subtle sous-bois notes on the finish. Give this 12-18 months in bottle.Vinous Media | 91 VM
The wine has impressive ripeness, with a rich plum fruit and an earthy edge. There is a lovely intensity on the palate, which shows a concentrated extract, fresh acidity and firmish tannins, giving the wine good complexity and lead to a lingering finish. Jessiaume has almost a quarter of the vines in this preeminent premier cru of Santenay, right under the iconic windmill. Just over 4ha are planted to Pinot on the oolitic limestone soils. Picking started on the 23rd of August, the grapes were destemmed and fermented on native yeasts before ageing in cask (20% new).Drinking Window: 2025 - 2040Decanter | 95 DECWafting from the glass with aromas of sweet red berries, rose petals, dark chocolate and sweet soils tones, the 2020 Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières is medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy, with succulent acids, powdery tannins and an attractively seamless profile.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 91 RPThe 2020 Santenay Les Gravières 1er Cru has an open nose with red berry fruit, leather and truffle scents, a little rustic in style. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins, nicely balanced yet I feel it is closing up on the finish and will need time.Vinous Media | 90 VM
This ‘classique’ cuvée of Gravières is what is left after the old vines for the ‘Numerus Clausus’ bottling are removed (approximately 3.8 hectares). The remaining fruit still makes a compelling wine, with ripe red and black berry fruit aromas and hints of violets, earth, and leather. The texture is tannic but not astringent, and the tannins and fresh acidity carry this to a lovely lingering finish with great elegance and finesse. The destemmed fruit is given a cold soak and gently fermented before ageing in cask (25% new).Decanter | 92 DECThe 2021 Santenay Les Gravières 1er Cru is the main cuvée and comes from a considerable 3.8-hectare parcel. Slightly darker in colour, this has a clean and pure bouquet with dark cherries, citrus fruit - Mirabelle and Clementine, lightly spiced with just a hint of soy. The palate is medium-bodied with very pliant tannins, harmonious and focused, easygoing in the positive sense of the word. The wood tannins will require a little time to be fully assimilated.Vinous Media | 88-90 VM
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