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Jean-Marc Vincent, Santenay Blanc Les Potets 2018

White Wine from France - Burgundy
A clean sweep of full marks from all our 2021 Wine Champions tasters here. This Burgundy commune is noted more for reds, but this extraordinary performance shows just what those yet to try the whites are missing. Made from old vines, its lemony, almost apricotty intensity and excellent length of flavour were a revelation.
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Code: BU75441

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • 2022 to 2025
  • 75cl
  • Cork, diam

Côte de Beaune

The Côte de Beaune runs from Ladoix-Serrigny in the north to Cheilly lè Maranges in the south, on the southern escarpment of the Côte d’Or. Beaune is the town at its heart. The most famous wines of the area are white, but many excellent reds are produced.

The soils of the area are predominantly mixtures of clay and limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The hillsides here, split and riven by streams and side-valleys, provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as various aspects ranging from east-facing to south and south-west facing. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile respectively. More generic wines are produced at the top and bottom of these slopes, with the Premiers Crus and Grand Crus in a band running along the upper middle. Soils with more limestone suit chardonnay more than pinot, hence the number of famous white burgundies produced...
The Côte de Beaune runs from Ladoix-Serrigny in the north to Cheilly lè Maranges in the south, on the southern escarpment of the Côte d’Or. Beaune is the town at its heart. The most famous wines of the area are white, but many excellent reds are produced.

The soils of the area are predominantly mixtures of clay and limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The hillsides here, split and riven by streams and side-valleys, provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as various aspects ranging from east-facing to south and south-west facing. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile respectively. More generic wines are produced at the top and bottom of these slopes, with the Premiers Crus and Grand Crus in a band running along the upper middle. Soils with more limestone suit chardonnay more than pinot, hence the number of famous white burgundies produced here.

The climate here is semi-continental, though northerly winds can temper a hot summer while warmer winds from the south can bring warmth. Westerly winds that ultimately originate in the Atlantic can bring rain but at its worst may deliver devastating hail in incredibly localised storms. There is a degree of unpredictability about vintages in Burgundy.

Pinot noir and chardonnay are the two permitted grapes of any significance, though Aligoté is grown occasionally for crisp, mouth-watering whites that are often used to make kir, and some generic Bourgogne or Crémant can be made with pinot blanc, pinot gris and beurrot can be made.

The appellations to be found in the Côte de Beaune are as follows: Ladoix, Pernand-Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton , Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Chorey-lès-Beaune, Savigny-lès Beaune, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Monthélie, Auxey-Duresses, Saint-Romain, Meursault, Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay and Maranges

Côte de Beaune-Villages and Bourgogne-Hautes Côtes de Beaune are also made. The former is solely for red wines and the latter includes some whites as well. Both are mostly from vineyards on the top of the escarpment and some represent good value for early drinking Burgundy.

Côte de Beaune wines are generally lighter than those from the Côte de Nuits. Beaunes are soft and round, Volnays fine and silky. Pommards are the exception: due to more clay in the soil, they can be notably tannic and in need of considerable bottle age. The greatest of all white Burgundies, Le Montrachet, is made here between Chassagne and Puligny.
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Domaine Anne-Marie and Jean-Marc Vincent

Jean-Marc Vincent and his wife, Anne-Marie, are dedicated growers. Jean-Marc, after living in Alsace, returned home to Santenay to take back the family vineyards developed by his grandfather. A superb 1947 Santenay (which I was lucky enough to taste in 2010 and is a magnificently rich and powerful wine, still vigorous!) made by his grandfather inspired Jean-Marc, and gave him an insight into the huge potential of Santenay.

He has planted new vineyards at high density (12,000 instead of 10,000 vines/ha) and has a unique pruning system which is a partial cross between cordon de royat and guyot double, and many clever practices and techniques to control the vigour of the vine. He looks for low yields in both red (35hl/ha) and white vineyards (45hl/ha). These are very low for modest appellations and you can taste the concentration borne of low yields in the wines.

He has pinot noir vines in Beaurepaire, Passetemps and Gravières, and chardonnay vines in Santenay, Beaurepaire and Auxey-Duresses Les Hautés. He balances wines from his own domaine with a small négociant activity, and has some Puligny 'en fermage', a 25-year rental agreement, and buys in some St Aubin Les Combes as must. He uses casks from his friend Stéphane Chassin, the standard 228 litre for the reds but a larger 300 litre for the whites to reduce oxygen ingress and maintain a greater freshness in the wines.

Toby Morrhall
2018 vintage reviews

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