Tasted in Santenay with Antoine Olivier, 05 November 2020.
Domaine Antoine Olivier
5 rue Gaudin
21590 Santenay, France
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Antoine on 2020:
“There’s always something; hail, frost, dryness etcetera, but 2020 had something new! We work with a lot of restaurants, so it’s far from easy as it’s an important historical market for us. The volume is a bit better in 2020 but its a very good one. I started harvesting on 17 August on Savigny – I stopped a couple of times – the duration was two weeks but we probably harvested only 8 of those days.”
Antoine on 2019:
“A year with a little frost in the spring, but it was the dryness of spring and summer that was the main issue after the poor flowering – it was worse for the whites. We produced about half a vintage in 2019. The 2019 reds are ready, I haven’t done anything with the whites so far. I think the balance for generics is really interesting in this vintage”
Such a great range of different tasting wines. The ensemble result is simply excellent.
2019 Bourgogne Pinot Noir
All from Santenay, to bottle 3rd of November.
A bright, crunchy fruit. Round, delicious, a little texture – great fruit. A little spicy in the finish.
2019 Santenay Temps des (Ce)Rises
Half domaine grapes and others from friends – six plots.
Extra width and extra freshness of dark fruit. Fuller, more structure, also more depth of dark flavour, almost licorice. A great finish. Yum!
2019 Santenay les Charmes
80% own grapes but 100% wc
More depth of aroma, some wc impression. Great texture, really lovely, long, thats a great flavour, really.
2019 Santenay 1er Beaurepaire
Hmm, that’s more crunchy darker fruit, the whole clusters less obvious. Round but with lovely shape, good depth of flavour. Spicy finishing, excellent.
2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Peuillets
A deeper and fresher more vertical nose. Extra width of freshness. Intense middle, lots of flavour action, this last part is super impressive.
2019 Pommard Noizons
The stems are more visible and perfumed. Open, some structure, no grain, layers of flavour with good wc flavour and energy. The texture is slightly dry, the flavour very persistent.
All DIAM for whites from this vintage, “Probably reds too soon.” All the whites were racked before the 2020 harvest and all got a little sulfur 10 days ago as ‘they were very low’ – they had 12 months without sulfur:
2019 Bourgogne Aligoté
From Rully, all barrel fermented now in tank
A bright, wide nose – very attractive. Wide, energetic, indeed vibrantly flavoured. Beautifully mouthwatering. Thats a simply lovely aligoté.
2019 Bourgogne Blanc Les Deux Dindes
Wide aromatics – an even nicer freshness – a vibration of energy here. Nice lime citrus in the mix of flavours here. This is 80% Mâcon and it has a juicy joie-de-vivre… lovely wine.
2019 Montagny Les Bassees
This nose is much higher-toned, indeed not quite ready. Bright, with tons of energy the sherbet of Montagny and a depth of tasy flavour – improving all the time in the glass. Intense finishing…
2019 Rully St.Jacques
A fresh and intense nose, with depth. There’s some oak showing in the middle but this texturally richer wine and shows more muscle, finishing long again.
2019 Santenay Clos de Champs Carafe
Thats a nice, slightly sweet, agrume nose, even a little blood-orange in there. Grapefruit agrume flavour, juicy, still a little sweet but such a great mouthful of tastiness.
2019 Santenay Sous la Roche
South facing with lots of stones and gravels.
A depth of vibrant, slightly mineral aroma, less sweet than the carafe. More intense in the finish, I love that finish, long – as seems obvious to say again in 19…
Deeper again, this time a little less width. Freshly energetic, citrus intensity, layers of flavour. So mouth-watering… always a great wine here – bravo.