BR32521

Volnay 1er cru Santenots, Buisson-Charles 2021



£150.00

75cl ALC 14%

This Santenots was picked at full maturity. The wine is a brilliant ruby colour with an intensely floral nose. On the palate it is fresh and inviting wine has an elegant body and long, fine, finish.


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France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay & Pommard

Still Red

100% Pinot Noir

Medium-bodied

Environmentally friendly

Drink or Keep

2021

Game Casserole

14%

75cl

Buisson-Charles

One gets the impression that Patrick Essa likes to ruffle a few feathers, and why not!

He believes passionately that too much Meursault is harvested too early and is too lemony as a result. His picking dates are invariably later than most of his peers and therefore Buisson-Charles wines are more akin to the richer styles of Meursault of yore. In our book there is room for both styles. The domaine extends to 6.5 ha of vines, many of them old, which are worked organically but the estate is not certified, giving them scope to switch to conventional treatments in a disastrous year. The wines spend 12 months in oak, with just enough new wood to complement the fruit. The resulting wines are incredibly concentrated and can age remarkably well. Patrick is married to Catherine Buisson, for a long time combining his winemaking with his job as a sports teacher but has now swapped the touch lines for the cellar. Catherine’s father Michel used to run the domaine and in turn they have been joined by their son Louis. The family has been in Meursault for more than seven generations and occupy an old house in the village, the narrow courtyard being flower-filled in summer. Recent success has enabled them to buy the neighbouring house and knock its cellars into their own.

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Vintage guide

The region basked under the summer sun in 2022, and thanks to cool nights the wines have avoided excess alcohol while retaining elegance, it all looks very promising. The 2021 vintage was severely affected by frost in the spring which means yields are historically low, the wines are fresh and juicy. 2020 was one of the earliest vintages on record following a warm summer but the wines have an appealing freshness too, like a combination of the previous two vintages. There was an absence of frost in 2019 but yields were still restricted, this time by drought, the resulting wines have great richness and concentration. A very good vintage in 2018 with no frosts in the early part of the season though rain in the first half of summer caused some disease pressure. Hail affected Nuits St-Georges and the Hautes-Côtes reducing yields. The resulting wines are rich and concentrated. Quantities in 2017 will be better than 2016 with equally good results. They are more red fruited than black, showing great elegance. 2016 proved a rollercoaster of a season with everything thrown at the growers in the early season but what fruit survived through to harvest is very good. Quantities, however, are small. 2015 is a memorable vintage for red Burgundy, certainly on the rich side. The red wines of 2014 are more ‘classic’, have a great combination of red and black fruits as well as being charmingly approachable in their youth. After a late start and a cool summer, a dry September saved the day in 2013, the Pinot being light but very pure.

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