2015 Santenay, Clos des Mouches, 1er Cru, David Moreau

2015 Santenay, Clos des Mouches, 1er Cru, David Moreau

Product: 20151171152
2015 Santenay, Clos des Mouches, 1er Cru, David Moreau

Description

David’s preferred Premier Cru is towards the southern end of Santenay. Glowing purple in colour, concentrated strawberry fruit is enlivened by a firm cherry thread. This is an energetic, heady wine with fresh fruit alongside the power. Drink 2020-2027.
Jasper Morris MW, Wine Buyer

David Moreau is very happy with his 2015s, describing it as a vintage without stress. The grapes, picked from 7th September, were ripe but with acidity in balance and with an adequate yield for once. For the vinification, David used slightly more stems this year in the interest of structure and freshness, with a slightly shorter length of time in the fermentation vats. Very encouraging wines.
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David Moreau

David Moreau

David Moreau has taken over part of his octogenerian grandfather’s wine domaine in Santenay in Côte de Beaune, beginning with the 2009 vintage. Prior to that David has worked with Olivier Lamy and Domaine de la Romanée Conti, as well as doing a stage in New Zealand at Neudorf.

David is beginning with 5 of the family’s 9 hectares and suffice to say that significant changes in both viticulture and vinification have been made compared to the ancien regime. The vineyards were almost all planted in the 1960s, so David has old vines to work with. They are mostly pruned by cordon royat to minimise vigour, and the land is either ploughed or left with grass depending on the circumstance of a given plot.

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Santenay

Santenay

The small spa town of Santenay, just over the departmental border into the Saone-et-Loire, produces full, rich, quite firm red wines which can offer good value for money. One or two vineyards have recently been planted for white wine.

  • 254 hectares of village Santenay.
  • 124 hectares of premier cru vineyards (10 in all). Best vineyards include Les Gravières, La Maladière, Clos de Tavannes
  • Recommended Producers: Lucien Muzard

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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Wine Advocate90-92/100

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate90-92/100
The 2015 Santenay 1er Cru Clos des Mouches (Rouge) contains 5-10% whole bunch fruit. It has a mellow bouquet compared to the Clos Rousseau at the moment, bashful at first but unfolding in the glass and eventually offering black cherries and red plum aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a rounded opening. This is much more expressive in the mouth, offering layers of black and red fruit with a hint of salted licorice on the long aftertaste.
Neal Martin - 28/12/2016 Read more