Santenay Rouge 1er Cru Clos de Tavannes
The parcel borders the Chassagne-Montrachet village appellation and the Clos Charreau of the Morgeot 1er Cru. This vineyard is planted at a density of 10,000 vines per hectare and vines are pruned into Cordon de Royat.
Santenay is the southernmost village in the Côte de Beaune. Mostly red wines are produced here, although some attempts at making white wine have been made. The appellation's most prestigious 1er Crus (including Les Gravières, La Comme and Clos de Tavannes) are located east of the village, next to Chassagne-Montrachet. The latter was named for its former owner, the Saulx de Tavannes family.
Often poured last at tastings at the Domaine, almost as an afterthought, this is often the best of Caroline Lestimé's reds. She's a big fan of what she calls its 'nobility' and it's hard to disagree with her. Serious, dense and layered, it's a sappy, concentrated Pinot that's designed to age in bottle but doesn't lack immediate charm.
93 points, Tim Atkin MW, Decanter, November 2018.
The reds are tannic and structured. The village-level wines have aroma of almond and strawberry, while the premier crus tend to have more floral bouquets (violet). Notes of chestnuts and prunes develop with age.