Santenay Rouge 1er Cru – Le Beauregard
The grapes come from 45 year old vines planted in the “Le Beauregard” Premier Cru parcel in the village of Santenay in the south of the Côte de Beaune. “Le Beauregard” vineyard is located on a steep slope just above “Les Gravières”. The soil is clay and limestone. Guyot pruning with different yearly works in the vineyard (pruning, trellising on wires/tying-in, thinning fruit-bunches). The grapes are picked by hand, sorted twice (when picking the grapes and on the sorting table), then partially de-stemmed and put in stainless still thermo-regulated tanks. The alcoholic fermentation begins with natural yeasts and lasts for 3 weeks. Pumping-over is very soft in order to get the purest and most representative wine possible. The wine is put in French oak casks, 20% new and the balance 1-3 years. The malolactic fermentation begins then with natural anaerobic bacterium from the juice. The maturation period is 14 months on fine lees. Bottling is done following the lunar calendar (“fruit day”), with no fining and no filtering.
About the Producer
Originally located on the main square in Puligny-Montrachet, the Clerc estate dates back to the 16th century. Upon his retirement in 2002, Bernard Clerc placed Vincent Girardin in charge of his vineyards and winemaking. He was eventually replaced by the talented Eric Germain. The domaine's 11 hectares of vineyards are centered around Puligny-Montrachet and include three Grands Crus.
Farming practices: The vineyards are farmed biodynamically. The vines are trained high to enhance photosynthesis.
Eric Germain, winemaker