René Lequin-Colin Santenay AOC Vieilles Vignes 2017

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René Lequin-Colin Santenay AOC Vieilles Vignes 2017
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation/Sub-Region Santenay AOC
Grapes Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Biodynamically Grown, Certified Organic, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan

The Lequin family have been vignerons in Santenay since 1673,with François at the helm since 1996. He was first trained in Avize, Champagne, and then worked under David Ramey at Chalk Hill in Sonoma, California. During his studies,he decided he wanted to convert his family estate to organic farming. All of the vineyards have been organically farmed since 2009, and were Ecocert® certified in 2012. Biodynamic ideas were introduced in 2010 and François continues his exploration of producing terroir-driven wines, precision and purity remaining his guiding principles. This cuvée is made from a blend of pinot noir from three vineyards: Champs Claude (70+-year-old vines), Les Hates (50-55-year-old vines), and Clos Genet (40-45-year-old-vines). The wine is fermented with native yeast in neutral barrique (20% new) where it rests for 1 year followed by 3 months in stainless steel before bottling. The palate is dominated by earth and minerality with a touch of elegantly-integrated oak. Underneath, there’s a presence of warm red fruit including raspberry, cherry, and pomegranate and a touch of spice. Biodynamically grown, certified organic, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.