“Plum and Earth:” Delicious 2015 Premier Cru Red Burgundy. $36

Winemaker:   Roger Belland and his daughter Julie are 5th and 6th generation winemakers in Santenay, at the southern end of the Côte d’Or. The domaine’s wines are so approachable young that they’re often not given the chance to age – today’s is an argument for patience.

Vintage:   The 2015 vintage in Red Burgundy has been called one of the best in decades. Ideal growing conditions produced perfectly ripe fruit, resulting in wines that are full bodied, deeply colored, and simply delicious.

Appellation:  Located at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune, Santenay is a transition between the rugged, earthy Côte Chalonnaise, and the refined, subtle terroirs of Chassagne-Montrachet and north. Its whites and reds can be excellent values, particularly in the hands of a careful vigneron like Bellland — Clive Coates calls Belland “among the best sources in Santenay.”

Wine:   This wine has developed beautifully over the past few years; the fruit has smoothed and softened, melting beautifully into the gentle tannins. Burghound awarded 90 points citing “exceptionally rich flavors,” “liqueur-like aromas of plum and earth,” and a “delicious, sappy, and palate-coating finish.”

Pairing:   Veal and Mushrooms in Cream


Belland Santenay 1er “Beauregard” 2015
bottle price: $36

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