Tasted in Santenay with Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent, 17 November 2015.
Domaine Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent
3 Rue Sainte-Agathe
Tel: +33 3 80 20 67 37
Jean-Marc about the recent vintages:
“I’m very surprised by the quality of the 2014s and indeed very happy too, as it was a difficult growing season. 2015 is special but should still be classic like 1947 or 1959, or similar. But 2014 simply a great vintage – 2x sorting in the vines, and then once more in the cuverie. We made a lot of sacrifices in the vines, this year, but it was worth it…”
2014 was the 17th vintage at this domaine. The use of whole clusters averaged about 50%, but there are many small vats, so there were some with 70% and some with 20% to be blended. Jean-Marc notes that “I think that stems brings more complexity, but has both advantages and disadvantages. I’m using only low amounts of sulfur and a very gentle extraction with long maceration – a blend of modern and classic – but not really cold maceration. Jean-Marie multiplies his own yeasts from previous vintages, as he says they help him to avoid filtering and fining.
Simply a great set of wines at this domaine – frankly, everything is worthy of your attention!
A little declassified 1er here
Wide, fresh, pretty red fruit. Beautiful, wide, textured depth. Lovely waves of flavour here. This is a really honey.
Lovely deep colour. Fresh, perfumed red fruit. Ooh… Lovely wide, intense, gorgeous fruit. This is a little more structured but a brilliant wine.
2014 Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent, Santenay 1er Passetemps
14k/hectare pinot fin planting. Usually no more than 35 hl/ha yields.
Again, fresh and wide. Cool, rounder, fruit, very silky. Here is a large block of round flavour in the mid-palate and into the finish. A narrow but very long, pretty finish…
2014 Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent, Santenay 1er Les Gravières
Again, wide and pretty but of modest aromatic depth. Here is depth, width and an energy to the penetrating red fruit. Lovely bright flavour and indeed character to this wine.
2014 Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent, Santenay Blanc
Les Potets near the casino.
A little yellow fruit with a pretty freshness above. Wide, lovely energy, nicely textured with a hint of salinity. Bright mid-palate flavour but with density too. Long, flavour in the finish…
More weight of yellow fruit, wide and silky. Here is more energy and more silk and more density of flavour. Waves of mineral edged flavour. A beautiful beacon of direct citrus flavour in the finish – bravo!
2014 Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent, Montagny 1er Cru
Bought grapes, from two 1ers blended from hillside vines – poor soil with lots of iron – ‘Similar to some Chassagne soils.’
Subtle, silky, ripe lemon. Here is a mineral wine, lithe, and with power too. Fine, uplifting flavour and flavour intensity through the mid-palate and into the finish. Long finishing and excellent…
Wide and fresh, faintly floral, modest yellow citrus notes. Mouth-filling, silky texture, almost plush, yet lithe, with energy but not overt, a river of mouth-watering flavour in the finish. Ooh, that’s good!
Sur Gamay and Les Combes assembled.
More aromatic intensity, quite deep, and with a good finishing freshness – less width. A faintly cushioned minerality that hints to the Montagny but with a little salinity too. This is very friendly yet also delicately indeed elegantly complex.
Les Gravières is a new parcel, planted 5 years ago, touching Passetemps, on 14k/ha chardonnay fin.
Fresh and mineral. Intense, ever-growing in intensity, a hint saline, certainly mineral but beautifully comported. The intensity is a constant right through the wine into the finish. But beautifully delivered direct flavour.
2014 Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent, Santenay 1er Le Beaurepaire
Wide, faintly fresh, a little tight. Large-scaled, with excellent, fresh complexity, bright beautiful focus, very wide super-tasty citrus flavours. Yum!