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Santenay Premier Cru Gravières

Santenay Gravières

Premier Cru


  • Cellaring

    Optimal consumption: 8 to 13 years

    Ageing potential: 15 years

  • Tasting temperature

    16°C (61-62°F)

Grape variety

Pinot noir


Producing commune : Santenay.

Site: the vineyard is located at the esat of the village of Santenay, at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune.

History & tradition: the toponym derives from the Latin « grava » which gave  « gravier » (gravels) and  « gravière ». 

Soil: clay and limestone.





by Véronique Boss-Drouhin

A wine with character, fruity with nice tannins. The Santenay Premier Cru Gravières offers an intense ruby colour. The nose is reminiscent of red berries (raspberry, strawberry, blackberry). The palate is rich, racy but silky and well-balanced. Nice fruity and spicy finish.
It is a wine for laying down that combines fullness and finesse.


The brightness and intensity of the 2022 reds are impressive. The nose, of great complexity, combines aromas of blackberry, blueberry and blackcurrant with floral scents of peony and violet. On the palate, the spices underline silky, high-quality tannins. Ample, full-bodied and fresh, these wines are an archetype of balance between aromas and structure with a very real ageing potential.

Vintage review


Supply: this wine comes from grapes and musts purchased from supply partners according to rigorous specifications.

Harvest: grapes harvested by hands in open-work crates. If necessary, a careful sorting is proceeded.

Vinification: total destemming. In accordance with the terroir and the profile of the vintage, we do 2 to 3 weeks of fermentation and maceration in small open vats, marked by punching of the cap and pumping-over. The yeasts are indigenous (natural). Pressing in a vertical press. Separation of the ends of the presses based on tasting.

Ageing:  in oak barrels including 20 to 25% of new barrels.
The ageing lasts between 14 to 16 months.
Origin of the wood: oak grown in French high forest.

Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.