Domaine Roger Belland Satenay 1er Cru “Beauregard” 2009
From the first solo vintage of Julie Belland, the sixth generation vintner/daughter of Roger Belland, comes Domaine Roger Belland Satenay 1er Cru “Beauregard” 2009. In the family since 1839, the Domaine holds 23ha, 3.04ha of which are located in the 1er Cru Beauregard. Divided amongst four parcels, all of which are facing southeast, and can be viewed here, the 30-year-old Pinot Noir vines are planted to soils of fairly stony clay-limestone. To eliminate the need for treatments, the Bellands keep grass between the rows of vines, which helps maintain the structure of the soil while preventing any possible dilution of fruit.
Located upslope from the fault zone that runs along the Sâone Valley, Beauregard is littered with sediments of the sea, where the Bellands find ancient shells in calcerous soils, when walking through the vines. From atop Santenay’s old vine-bare hill, called “Les Trois Croix” (because some believe that Jesus was once there, said Julie), on can see Mont Blanc. With one of Burgundy’s many fault lines located near the top of this hill, [Jurassic] sediment washes down the slope, contributing to the well-draining Premier Cru soils. (Terroir, J. Wilson)
Awarded 91 points by Burghound, of the 2009 Santenay “Beauregard” Allen Meadows wrote: “Here the nose is more complex still with cassis, earth, red currant and plum aromas marrying into supple and quite seductively textured middle weight flavors that evidence a discrete minerality that adds good lift to the sappy and impeccably well-balanced finish. This high-quality effort could be enjoyed young or aged over the medium term. 91/2015+”
With 70% of the hand-harvested fruit de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel, the wine is then aged for 12 months in French oak, 30% new and 70% one-year-old. Employing indigenous yeast, it was in fact Julie who decreased the use of new oak, lowering the percentage from 50 to 30.
“I’ve noticed the wines are getting prettier,” said Patrick Burke, our French Portfolio Director, of Julie’s work in the vineyard and cellar, “easier to drink younger.” And while the 2009 Santenay “Beauregard” is cellar worthy, it’s also the perfect companion to your spring and summer dining.