Château de Santenay, Mercurey 'Le Roc Blanc' 2017, Burgundy, France
Chateau de Santenay dates back to the 9th century and was owned by the first Duke of Burgundy - Philippe le Hardi. From the Cote Chalonnaise, this white burgundy has been produced under sustainable winemaking processes.
Something we all desire from time to time - a sumptuous chardonnay from the heart of Burgundy!
The fruit for the Mercurey 'Le Roc Blanc' comes from Chateau de Santenay's 72 hectares of vines planted across the Mercurey appellation. The soils are rich in clay, with limestone still very evident alongside some areas of marl. These characteristics give the white wines of Mercurey a strong structure and a beautiful texture.
In 2017, generally the vines’ growth cycle benefitted from an early budburst at the beginning of April, followed by a very warm summer. Ripening progressed at a good pace with the first grapes being harvested across the region two weeks ahead of average.
After crushing in a pneumatic press, the must was settled for 12 hours then fermented in oak barrels. The wine was aged on its lees and spent 12 months in oak, of which 20% was new, before bottling.
This wine is pale gold in colour and very expressive on the nose with aromas of bright citrus fruit and white flowers. The palate has a lovely texture from the oak ageing, with concentrated flavours of white peach and vanilla balanced with racy acidity.(Vegetarian).
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Silver award Winner - International Wine Challenge (IWC)