2015 Château de la Crée Santenay Premier Cru Gravières Chardonnay
APPELLATION AND VINEYARDS
The southernmost village within the Côte d’Or, Santenay is located just south of Chassagne Montrachet. Santenay’s etymology probably derives from the Latin word “Sanctus,” implying a place considered sacred even before the Christian era. Although recognized for its graceful Pinot Noirs, Santenay also produces intense, mineral-rich Chardonnays of great depth and structure. The Gravières vineyard lies close to the border of Chassagne-Montrachet, and may be the most prestigious parcel in Santenay. Our Gravières Premier Cru Chardonnay comes from mature vines with southeastern aspect and row orientation.
The growing season progressed very quickly in the 2015 vintage. Flowering started in early June and shortly thereafter, was followed 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.
Our flagship Chardonnay from Santenay - located just 300 meters from Les Montrachet. This wine is electric on the approach and showcases intense citrus aromas of lemon zest and white flowers. On the palate, the wine displays a vibrant acidity, yet feels rich and round with a gentle note of honey on the finish. This is why it is one of our most renowned Premier Cru Chardonnays!