Value. When we shape our portfolio, we look for wines that “punch above their weight.” These are wines that exceed expectations based on the price tag and the name on the label — bottles that, if tasted blind, you’d put in a higher class. One of our favorites in this category has long been a premier cru white Santenay from Roger Belland.
Santenay is known for mid-range Burgundies that can be delicious but are seldom extraordinary. But Belland’s Santenay 1er cru Beauregard blanc might the finest white Santenay we’ve had. Grown in a vineyard near the border with Chassagne-Montrachet, we think that tasted blind it could easily be mistaken for its fancier neighbor.
Sucrocité. Clive Coates MW calls Roger Belland “one of the best sources in the village.” Together with his daughter Julie, Belland crafts excellent wines with cool, fresh fruit and beautiful balance. They are the fifth and sixth generations of the Belland family to work this property, and know their land and vines intimately.
Belland’s 2014 Santenay 1er cru blanc has a pretty, baked apple nose with notes of white flowers and honey, but it’s on the palate that this wine really shines. The mouthfeel is thick and vibrant, showing 2014’s signature mixture of length and energy, with notes of crème brûlée and apple pie. The oak, fruit, and acidity are all in perfect balance, presenting a wine that bursts with life and richness.
Pair this with a Sunday afternoon roast chicken or a hearty soup — pour it from a carafe, and you guests will never guess where it came from.
BELLAND Santenay 1er cru blanc 2014
Ansonia Retail: $42
6+ bottle price : $36/bot
AVAILABLE IN 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
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