The Santenay Les Gravières 1er Cru comes from a considerable 3.8-hectare parcel. the wine is structured, focused, medium-bodied, finessed, and elegant with moderate tannins and fresh acidity which carry this to a lovely, lingering finish. The palate provides complex and intense flavors of cherry, cranberry, red currant, plum, violets, earth, vanilla, clove, spice, and leather. It will no doubt benefit from some extended ageing. A nice accompaniment to roast rabbit or pork loin.
2021 Domaine Jessiaume Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravieres
This ‘classique’ cuvée of Gravières is what is left after the old vines for the ‘Numerus Clausus’ bottling are removed (approximately 3.8 hectares). The remaining fruit still makes a compelling wine, with ripe red and black berry fruit aromas and hints of violets, earth, and leather. The texture is tannic but not astringent, and the tannins and fresh acidity carry this to a lovely lingering finish with great elegance and finesse. The destemmed fruit is given a cold soak and gently fermented before ageing in cask (25% new). The nose has aromas of red fruits and spice. We can also smell a hint of oak. The mouth is full-bodied with a great maturity. The tannins are round. The finish is long on the red fruits.