Belland Santenay 1er cru “Gravières” 2018
Roger Belland is an excellent source for easy drinking red Burgundy. The domaine uses a long, very cool fermentation to retain the fruit in their wines. The 2018 vintage delivered unprecedented heat and sun in Burgundy, and the resulting wines are full of both ripeness and muscle. Our fears of flabby, overripe fruit-bombs were unfounded — these are wines boasting sturdy foundations and solid structures. Think red Burgundy with the soul of a Cru Beaujolais.
The Gravieres 2018 has a very long finish. The tannins are just a bit firmer than Beauregard’s right now — we’d give it half an hour in a carafe were we to open a bottle today — but the added structure will carry it longer and likely offer a glass with more finesse and complexity when its best moment arrives.
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