Winemaker: Roger and Julie Belland are father and daughter Burgundian winemakers in Santenay, fifth and sixth Burgundian vignerons. Clive Coates calls them “one of the best sources in the village,” and their meticulous vineyard work results in perfectly balanced, easily accessible wines.
Appellation: Santenay is one of Burgundy’s hidden gems. Located near the southern end of the Côte d’Or, its white wines can’t quite match the depth or complexity of Chassagne or Puligny. But in a good vintage and with a good winemaker, they come awfully close and at a steep discount.
Wine: This premier cru Santenay does an admirable impression of a Chassagne-Montrachet. It’s easy, open, and a delight. It shows baked apple, honey, and white flowers in the nose. The mouthfeel is thick and vibrant, with a voluminous texture punctuated by pleasant acidity — look for notes of crème brûlée and apple pie with ice cream. Wood, fruit, and acidity are all in perfect balance.
Serving: Enjoy this with veal in a cream sauce, or simple cacio e pepe. Don’t serve it too cold, and watch the aromas develop in the glass over a meal.
Belland Santenay 1er “Beauregard” blanc 2017
bottle price: $42
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