Grapes for this village appellation are harvested in the delimited areas within the village of Santenay. This appellation covers a surface area of 328,27 hectares of which 122,49 hectares are classified as Premier Cru. Only 10% of production is devoted to white wine. The distinction “Premier Cru” is given to certain vineyards whose wines have traditionally been of higher quality. These vineyards must meet certain standards, based on the vineyard’s characteristics and the consistent quality of its wines. Only 11% of Burgundy’s wines are entitled to this privilege. The Clos Rousseau vineyard measure 15,95 hectares.
The soil of the “Côte” is derived principally from the subsidence of the Saône River floodplain which resulted in a 200 metre drop with relation to the Morvan plateau, creating a long hillside with very regular slopes and eastern and south-eastern exposure. This fault also freed minerals that had been trapped in the soil for thousands of years. The vineyards stretch across the gentle slopes of the hillside allowing the vines to take full advantage of exposure to the sun. The soil in Santenay is composed of hard limestone mixed with marl.
100% Pinot Noir
Vinification takes place in wooden vats and is followed by 15 to 17 months barrel ageing (25% new oak).
COLOUR : Intense ruby tinged with black cherry.
NOSE : Black fruit, hazelnut and animal notes.
PALATE : Elegant and concentrated on the palate, supported by well-rounded tannins. Refreshing on the finish with hints of violet, spices and some animal notes.
Perfect with braised veal or beef, glazed or caramelised poultry in the Asian style and cheeses like Pont-l’Evêque, Cîteaux, Reblochon or Bleu de Bresse.
5 to 12 years