Jean-Marc Vincent, Le Passetemps, AOC Santenay 1er Cru, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, 2010
An appellation at the southern-most end of the Cote de Beaune.
A very short cold maceration, then fermentation in stainless-steel, with pigeage (punching down) or remontage (pumping over). Elevage is usually 16-17 months in ~50% new oak with just one racking before bottling. Varietal pinot noir, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Wine Society en primeur parcel, about £20
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of a floral peony-like note, then sweet black fruit – black berry, stewed red cherry and a low-key oaky note.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, smooth yet grippy medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, of medium intensity, with a light smooth texture, and flavours of ripe black berry, red cherry boiled sweets, blueberry and warm vanilla. A medium (+) length with a clean moderately grippy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with balanced fresh acidity and alcohol, but alcohol which is slightly high for the flavour intensity. A wine of modest complexity showing signs of development, with modest concentration of flavour and a modest length. This wine is ready to drink, will keep for 1-2 years and not improve with cellaring.