Mestre Pere et Fils, AOC Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, France, 2013
On AOC Santenay
Santenay is the southernmost outpost of the Cote de Beaune, at the border with the Cote Challonaise. There are no grand crus in the appellation, but 12 premier crus and 34 lieu-dits. The majority of production is red, whites are rarer and related to neighbouring Chassagne-Montrachet, bordering to the north. The soils are limestone high up, and from mid-slope to lower down, limestone/marl. Exposure is east through south.
This wine: lot No. LSAB13 (on front label), varietal chardonnay, Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 13% abv, ex producer, €16.50 (08/15)
Consumer tasting note: a fresh and bright lightly oaked Burgundy village level chardonnay, with an understated yellow citrus profile with stewed apple and a little tertiary nutty development; medium-full bodied, with a simpler palate dominated by lemon boiled sweets, with lesser green apple, edged with green herbs and very low-key oak. Finishes medium-long.
Drink now – RTD, and will hold for 1-2 years – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears [no deposit].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of lemon pith, lemon and grapefruit juice, a whiff of steak fat, stewed apple with a slightly oaky edge to it, with just a hint of roasted nuts.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture with a low-key grip, with flavours of lemon boiled sweets, a touch of green apple, the slightest frills of green herbs and oak. A medium (+) length with a perfectly clean yellow citrus finish, on a low-key grip.
Quality: good, well balanced fresh acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; a sound intensity with similar concentration, showing modest complexity with evidence of some exposure to new French oak, and some time in bottle (roasted nuts, steak fat); finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will hold for 1-2 years – a sound structure and acid-alcohol balance, but otherwise lacking the qualities to be worth cellaring further.