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  • A history bound up with that of Burgundy

    A seigniorial estate

    Château de Santenay is one of the largest wine-producing estates in Burgundy. This prestigious property, consisting of the Château with its remarkable glazed tile roof and a 98 hectare vineyard, is the fruit of an ancient heritage intimately linked to the history of wine production in Burgundy.

    Philippe le Hardi (Philip the Bold) son of King Jean le Bon of France (John the Good) was the most illustrious owner of Château de Santenay. A brilliant politician, Philippe le Hardi began a magnificent chapter in the history of Burgundy, founding the Valois of Burgundy dynasty, which would reign for over a century.

    Assembled over the course of the twentieth century, through various purchases and inheritances, the estate consists of a mosaic of plots on the Côte d'Or and the Côte Chalonnaise. Thanks to this diversity of "climats"(small plots of vines) the château produces a wide variety of wines whose nuances and subtlety result from the unique geology.

    Philippe le Hardi's decree

    Burgundy was already producing wines for the royal table in the Middle Ages, and winegrowers were disturbed to see Pinot Noir being replaced by "coarse" varieties, such as Gamay, which offered high yields, but produced acidic, low quality wines. In 1395, in response to being petitioned by the inhabitants of Dijon, Beaune and Chalon, Philippe le Hardi passed a decree banning the planting Gamay in vineyards, and ordering the cutting down and pulling up of any vines that had already been planted. The same concern for quality saw the monks of Suresnes travelling all the way to Meursault to buy Chardonnay vines.

  • Château de Santenay

    A CA Grands Crus Burgundy property

    Aware of its rich history, CA Grands Crus, the estate's current owner, has undertaken an ambitious investment policy that will preserve the noble character of this unique heritage site. This respect for original values, authenticity, tradition and the château's special features is combined with an ongoing insistence on quality.

    Our vines

    98ha of vines

    With 98 hectares of vines in various plots on the Côte d'Or and the Côte Chalonnaise, Château de Santenay is one of the largest properties in Grande Bourgogne.
    The diversity of these ‘climats’ enables the château to produce a wide variety of wines whose characters reveal the nuances of the Burgundy varietals.

    While the nature of the soil is the deciding characteristic of a terroir, the role of the winegrower is a determining factor in the production of the wine: in the vineyard this is reflected in the choice and implementation of growing techniques, from pruning through to the harvest; and in the winery, in the vinification and maturing of the wines.

    The subtle score that is played at Château de Santenay starts in the vineyard. Respect for the climats and their specific characteristics, as they were revealed by the Cistercian monks, is an issue which today is reflected in an environmentally-friendly approach. In 2000, the property began a conversion to sustainable agriculture which was completed in 2004. Château de Santenay's practices in the vineyard have enabled 'Qualité France' and 'Terra Vitis' certification to be obtained.

    This commitment to sustainable agriculture is accompanied by meticulous care being applied to the quality of the grapes. Every effort is made to preserve the expression of our climats in each of our wines, for example, by controlling yields and harvesting at optimal ripeness.
    Whether the grapes are from Pommard, Aloxe-Corton, Saint-Aubin En Vesvau or Mercurey, Château de Santenay endeavours to deliver a faithful, respectful interpretation of the terroir in its wines.


  • Mercurey et Mercurey 1er Cru « Les Puillets »

    Aloxe-Corton « Les Brunettes et Planchots »

    Pommard « Petit Clos » Monopole

    Saint-Aubin « En Vesvau »

    Beaune 1er Cru « Clos du Roi »,
  • Climats
  • Beaune 1er Cru « Les Montées Rouges »

    Santenay 1er Cru « La Comme »

    « Les Gravières », « Les Beaurepaires »

    Hautes Côtes de Beaune « Clos de la Chaise Dieu » Monopole

    Clos de Vougeot « Grand Cru »

Harvests & Vinification

Every year the harvest period is a special time at the château: it is the culmination of a year's work in the vineyards, and of studying the climate and making forecasts. Each plot must be harvested when it is perfectly ripe; for the property's 98 hectares, this is a challenge that requires the specific nature of each of the climats to be taken into account, so that an optimal harvest schedule can be determined. The grapes must be picked carefully with a view to preventing any oxidation before their delivery to the château.

Thanks to a series of investments, the winery has vats that correspond to the volumes produced by each plot, enabling the origin of the terroir to be respected and ensuring the traceability of our wines.
Château de Santenay's philosophy is based on plot-by-plot vinification and each terroir is vinified separately to express the characteristics of each climat in the wines.

The air-conditioned winery with temperature control ensures that fermentation speeds can be regulated, thereby preserving the fruit and freshness for which the Pinot Noir grape is renowned.

The wines are then aged in our cellars in 228 litre casks, in order to enable their characteristics to develop and for them to slowly mature. Still attached to traditional techniques, we stir the wines regularly in order to obtain the full-bodied roundness that is typical of Burgundy's great white wines.

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