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Domaine Elodie Roy Santenay 1er Cru 'Gravieres' 2022

Appellation
Santenay 1er Cru
Region
Côte de Beaune
Vintage
2022
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SKU: EROY06R-22
Overview

This Santenay 1er cru Les Gravières offers aromas of cassis, plums, dark chocolate and spices. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy, elegant and muscular, it's a deep and concentrated wine.

 

Winemaker

DOMAINE ELODIE ROY

CHEILLY-LES MARAGNES

2018 was the debut vintage for Domaine Elodie Roy.  But the back story is incredible.  And the future…. well, a star is born!

Elodie grew up in a winemaking family in Cheilly-les Maranges in the southern-most tip of the Cote de Beaune.  Her parents worked 25 acres of vines on their own, selling grapes to negociants. So Elodie and her sister helped when they could. As a teenager, she saw how hard the work was, and decided not to follow in their footsteps.

So she studied Law, and then went to work in a bank. Six months later she knew she had made a mistake. So she went back to school.  This time, to study wine. Her parents were not too happy about this turn-about and tried to convince her that there was stability in the banking sector.  But her mind was made up.

The problem was that her father was not yet ready to give up his vines. So she took a job at the Domaine Anne Gros, one of the bijou domains of Vosne-Romanee.  And there she stayed for 11 years.

Then, in 2018, at 38, she took over the family domain.  24 acres of old vines in good condition, including a parcel of 70-year-old vines that were planted by her grandfather.  Elodie says that it has been an emotional transition.

She calls it her ‘mid-life crisis’, and you can sense the fire inside her.  She has seen Burgundy winemaking from the family domain to the highest levels of world-class production.  Her philosophy is respect for the soil and sustainability in her viticulture. As do all the great producers, Elodie knows that there is no great wine without great fruit.

Elodie is just getting started, but she is already a bright shing star.

The Domaine Elodie Roy produces:

Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc

Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge

Maranges ‘La Rue des Pierres’

Santenay 1er Cru ‘Les Gravieres’

Vintage
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BURGUNDY 2022 VINTAGE

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After three successive high-quality but low-quantity vintages, winemakers in Burgundy are refilling their cellars with an excellent 2022 harvest.This is not to say that it was an easy ride. Once again, frost, heat and drought put stress on the growing season, but timing is everything, and the extreme weather did much less damage than in previous years.

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Winters have been wet and mild for years now. The winter of 2021-22 was not, with less than average rainfall and seasonal temperatures. Under these ‘normal’ conditions, we would expect budburst in the first half of April. But summer-like conditions at the end of March forced the vines, especially Chardonnay, to bud early, and we went into frost season with tender green buds exposed. There were two nights in the coming week below zero, but damage was limited.

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Spring conditions set in in mid-April, but Summer followed soon thereafter, dry with spiky heat waves. The vines went wild.  Winemakers fought to keep the growth under control. And the fight continued until flowering, which happened a couple of weeks early in mid-May.

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The warm, dry conditions led to nearly-perfect flowering. We saw for the first time the potential of a great crop, with lots of beautiful, full, well-formed grape bunches; and an early harvest, with fruit setting well ahead of schedule.

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But the drought held, and the fear was that this beautiful fruit would shrivel on the vine. Finally, at the end of June, the rain came. Summer storms bring with them the risk of hail, so all eyes were on the sky as the storms were sometimes violent causing significant but limited hail damage. The rains were intermittent, but regular for the next weeks. The cumulative rainfall would not be enough to see the crop through to harvest, however.

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The heat waves continued through the rains, and so the risk of fungal disease, usually associated with wet conditions, dried up. But temperatures spiked and dry conditions set in again. The grapes ripened in a full-blown heat wave. Winemakers had to keep a close eye on sugar levels, as the risk was that ripeness could gallop away at the last minute.

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And then, just about the time when it looked like an over-ripe mid-August harvest was imminent, it rained again. And the producers were able to let that water absorb into the fruit, increasing the volume of juice that was ultimately harvested in the first week of September.

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2022, both white and red, are showing real depth and ripeness. And while there was once again very little malic acid, the tartaric acid holds the balance and structure together. Early tastings in the barrel show enormous charm and vitality. Very promising.

Appellation

SANTENAY

COTE DE BEAUNE

Santenay lies at the southern extremity of the Côte de Beaune. In days gone by it was a well-known spa town. Today there is still water around: the area is bordered by the Canal du Centre, and on the other side of the water is the department of Saone et Loire and the first vines of the Cote Chalonnaise'. The wines of Santenay and neighboring Remigny present discernible differences according to which part of the appellation they come from. If you use the windmill up the slope in premier cru Beauregard as a point of reference, the hills behind rise sharply, and the soil make-up and expositions become complex as the hillside spreads out. Seen from up there, the village of Santenay sits in a valley with hills rising on both sides.

Produced in the communes of Santenay and Remigny, appellation Santenay includes 11 premiers crus.

Wines

Santenay produces mainly red wine, though the whites, especially the premiers crus, can be remarkable. Color should be a dark brilliant black-cherry. The bouquet is floral up front, with red fruits and a hint of liquorice. The attack is deep and intense, with firm but discreet tannins and body that is supple and fine-textured. Old style Santenay was considered rustic, but the present generation has learned to deal with tannins. White Santenayshould be brilliant greeny gold, mineral and floral and fresh. It can be grassy and nutty, and has a minerality that carries freshness to a long finish.

Terroirs

Greyish limestone makes up the high ground up to a height of 500 meters. Lower down the slope, starting at the 300 meter line, is oolitic limestone, white oolite, marls, kidney-shaped limestone, and lower oolite on a layer of marl. The location of the vineyards is ideal with exposures between east and south.

Color

Nearly all reds - Pinot Noir

White wines - Chardonnay

Production surface area

1 hectare (ha) = 2.4 acres

Reds : 282.35 ha (including 110.84 ha premier cru)

Whites : 46.96 ha (including 12.63 ha premier cru)

Food

The supple and intense attack of Santenay red, and its aromatic register make it a match for slow-cooked dishes like braised veal or beef, to which its tannins will lend structure without being aggressive. Glazed or roasted poultry would also work, as would grilled or barbecued meats. As for cheese, Brie de Meaux, Pont-l'Evêque, Cîteaux, Reblochon, most any cheese really will work with the density and tannic structure.

White Santenay, with its lightness, vivacity and edge would be a good choice for fluid and melty dishes like fish couscous, or pasta or risotto with mushrooms. Poultry in cream sauce would be similarly successful. It works well with cheeses like Comté and Beaufort, as well as goat cheeses.

Appellations

On the label, the appellations 'Santenay' and 'Santenay 1er Cru' may be followed by the name of a specific vineyard, known as a climat.

The following climats are classified as premier cru:

Beauregard

Beaurepaire

Clos de Tavannes

Clos des Mouches

Clos Faubard

Clos Rousseau

Grand Clos Rousseau

La Comme

La Maladière

Les Gravières

Les Gravières-Clos de Tavannes

Passetemps

The following climats are village wines from a single vineyard, known as a lieu-dit:

Bellefon

Bieveaux

Botaveau

Clos Genet

Comme Dessus

Croix Sorine

Derrière les Crais

En Aiguisey

En Boichot

En Charron

En Foulot

En Gatsulard

La Cassière

La Comme

La Plice

Le Chainey

Le Haut Village

Le Village

Les Brâs

Les Champs Claudes

Les Charmes Dessous

Les Charmes Dessus

Les Cornières

Les Crais

Les Hâtes

Les Pérolles

Les Potets

Les Prarons-Dessous

Les Prarons-Dessus

Les Saunières

Les Vaux Dessus

Saint-Jean

Sous la Fée

Sous la Roche

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