Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2015

Domaine Faiveley combines the principles of modern winemaking methods with the time honored traditions that have been practiced for centuries within their 19th century cellars. Each terroir and each vintage, benefits from special attention which makes the cuvées unique. Each bottle therefore becomes the faithful reflection of its terroir.

Terroir: Arguably the most famous of the 1er Crus of Volnay; the 55 acre vineyard of Santenots is split into multiple sections directly on the border with Meursault. Domaine Faiveley produces this selection from a 1.25 acre parcel in the heart of the vineyard known as Santenots-du-Mileu. Soils here are made up of limestone gravel and dark brown silt and exposure is due east.

Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and sorted upon arrival at the domaine. Following a 18-20 day maceration the must undergoes primary fermentation in a combination of stainless steel and wooden vats. The young wines are aged in 30% lightly toasted new oak barrels for 14 to 16 months.

Additional Information

A beautiful intense red. Distinguished aromas of red fruits and a few woody notes on the nose. The wine reveals itself on the palate with spicy and fruity notes, and delicate smoky and toasty flavors. This is a well-structured wine, which has fine volume accompanied by a certain roundness.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Volnay
  • Winemaker: Jerome Flous
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Limestone, Dark Silt
  • Vineyard Acreage: .5ha
  • Avg Vine Age: Date to 1967
  • Alcohol: Under 14%
  • Avg Production: 5500 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir

Recent Press

  • The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
    "The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Les Santenots offers up a brooding bouquet of cassis, wood smoke and dark chocolate, subtly framed by new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, layered and chewy, with nice depth and dimension, good acids and a formidable chassis of tannin that's classic Santenots. There's a lot of substance here, but it will demand some patience, especially if it shuts down further in the next year."
    Grade: 91+ points
  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
    A suave customer, featuring ripe black cherry, black currant and violet aromas and flavors wrapped in a coating of spicy oak. Even the tannins feel polished and well-behaved, adding support without being too obtrusive. Shows fine harmony and length overall. Best from 2020 through 2036.
  • Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    Bright ruby-red. Perfumed scents of blueberry, blackberry and bitter chocolate show little of the peppery quality of the Frmiets. Suppler, sweeter and more pliant in the mouth, communicating a plush quality to its enticing raspberry fruit. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and noteworthy length.
    Grade: 90-92 Points
  • Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    A beautifully complex nose exhibits spicy and soft earth red and blue pinot fruit aromas that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is excellent mid-palate density to the tautly muscular medium weight flavors that also brim with dry extract and minerality before terminating in a gorgeously long and well-balanced finale.
    Grade: 91-93 Points

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