2015 Château de la Crée, Santenay Clos de la Confrérie Pinot Noir
APPELLATION AND VINEYARDS
The southernmost village within the Côte d’Or, Santenay is located just south of Chassagne Montrachet. Santenay’s etymology derives from the Latin word “Sanctus,” implying a place considered sacred even before the Christian era. This ancient village first became famous in Roman times for its hot springs named “Santinae Aquae” (health-giving waters). Clos de la Confrérie is our own unique “Monopole” parcel, nestled in the heart of Santenay-le-Haut. Its western exposure, old vines, and terroir of gravelly clay soil and sandy subsoil produce concentrated Pinot Noirs of great structure and density, with a distinctive spiciness.
The growing season progressed very quickly in the 2015 vintage. Flowering started in early June and was followed shortly thereafter by veraison in mid-July. The beginning of harvest came very early and we were picking beautifully set grape clusters by the end of August. The warm weather dictated the tempo and led to magnificent grapes - the foundation of a great wine.
Showcasing an array of red fruit, the 2015 Clos de la Confrérie Pinot Noir is extremely expressive on the nose. The palate is soft and elegant displaying dark raspberry and cherry flavors. The finish is long and opulent with hints of baking spices. It is appealing now but will enhance with proper cellaring over the next 5-7 years.