Interesting, characterful and ultimately great examples of wines which over-deliver for their price and quality.
Domaine Maurice Charleux
A great little family owned Domaine located in Dezize-les-Maranges – 4 km south-west of Santenay with, as yet, no established international reputation so excellent value may be found.
The Domaine comprises 10 hectares with an annual production of approximately 42000 bottles from yields well under the authorised maximum limits for the appellation. Production is split between 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay. Only indigenous yeasts are used. Red wines are de-stemmed (100%) and the Premier Crus aged in 20% new oak. They sell a small proportion of their harvest (mainly from younger vines) to local negociants.
Maurice and his son Vincent make really characterful wines with plenty of dense fruit and elegant structure. When they put ‘old vines’ on the label we’re not talking 25 or 30 years as is often the case, these vines are 65-70 years old and it shows in the concentration of the wines; they are supple but packed with fruit and redolent of their terroir – there is a stony minerality just beneath the fruitiness, a quality shared by the neighbouring appellations at this end of the Côte de Beaune, Santenay and Chassagne Montrachet.
Maranges Vieilles Vignes 2015
With vines planted in the 1930’s and 1940’s, this has commendable depth and flavour. In lesser years this Appellation can sometimes err on the lean side. However in 2015 the increased richness and concentration shines through. Supple, ripe Pinot fruit with loads of character. Juicy and very moreish. Exceptionally good value. Drinking beautifully now, or hold for 2-3 years.
Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau 2015
Really good quality and value for a Premier Cru in a top vintage. Elegant, firm, velvety fruit; lovely balance and length. This has more class, refinement and sophistication than its Premier Cru cousins down the road in Maranges.