Santenay 1er Cru `Passetemps`


Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory...

Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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This is the Côte d'Or's southernmost appellation, located just south of Chassagne-Montrachet. The vineyards in Santenay stretch across 400 ha, of which 123 ha are planted with premier cru vines. "Passetemps" is composed of two plots on a hillside located just below the "Clos de Mouches" vineyard. The vines have a south-east exposure and are situated on a clay and limestone soil. The name "Passetemps" probably comes from the fact that it was nice to spend time working on these plots!

Vintage Information

Never has the phrase 'all's well that ends well' rung so true as in the case of the 2014 Burgundy vintage. Devastating hailstorms in June were followed by a cold and rainy August, where temperatures struggled to reach 20°C. These conditions meant that the threat of rot, under-ripe grapes and another low-yielding vintage hung over the growers. Just as all hope was fading, September was bathed in sunshine and rescued the 2014 vintage from the brink of disaster.


Whole bunches of grapes were gently pressed for two hours. The temperature of the must was brought down to 12°C then was immediately transferred to barrels with no settlig to preseve a maximum of lees. Long fermentation (up to 10 months) using indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged for 18 months with no racking or stirring to bring out the full mineral characters of the wine in 30% new French oak. Bottled in March 2016.

Tasting Notes

Pale gold in colour, the Santenay 1er Cru 'Passetemps' offers aromas of cut grass, lychee, pineapple and citrus on the nose. It is very intense and complex. The flavours follow through on the palate, which is very rich with great acidity to balance the wine perfectly.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Burgundy
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.42g/l
Residual Sugar 1.1g/l
Wine pH 3.33