HOSPICES DE BEAUNE BARREL PURCHASE VOLNAY-SANTENOTS 1er CRU 'CUVEE GAUVIN' 2013 CASE
Elden Selections purchased a barrel of Volnay-Santenot ‘Cuvee Gauvin’ at the Hospices de Beaune charity wine auction in 2013. It was a dream-come-true moment for us. We have lived in Burgundy for over 30 years and the Hospices sale marks a special moment in our calendar. We take pride in our place in the world of Burgundy wine. We are cheerleaders for quality small-production domains. And it’s from these people that we learned the traditions and values that are embodied in the Hospices de Beaune’s wine production. Their vines are a legacy from the very history of Burgundy, donations from landowners for the care of the local population and the upkeep of Burgundian patrimony.
Our Volnay-Santenots has been a treasured vineyard since the earliest mentions of it in the 13th century. But if you want to find it on a map, don’t look in Volnay! The entire vineyard lies wholly in Meursault. But because Meursault is known primarily for its white wines, and the wines made in Les Santenots so closely resemble Volnay, a tradition cross-border courtesy remains.
2013 was a difficult harvest for the folks at the Hospices de Beaune. Many of their vineyards are in the zone that suffered hail damage. But for the vineyards that escaped unscathed, the results were fabulous. And such is the case with ‘our’ Volnay-Santenots. There is a deep complexity here, toasty and spicy, with structure meant to last. It’s fleshy, dense and round. A luscious glass of wine that makes you want more.