Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent – 2020


Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent 2021Tasted in Santenay with Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent, 27 October 2021.

Domaine Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent
3 Rue Sainte-Agathe
21590 Santenay
Tel: +33 3 80 20 67 37
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Jean-Marc on 2020:
No frost but a lot of dryness. A vigneron’s vintage in both colours – like in 2019. The only problem we had was some drying of the grapes but otherwise, we were happy. We did our pruning rather late but got 40-45 hl/ha in whites about 32 in the reds – I’m quite happy with that. We’ve got old vines in Santenay that don’t give more than 25 hl/ha so that brings down the average of course. We saw plenty of hot days but we kept enough away from 40°C to avoid big drops of acidity. I think it is a great vintage. And in 2020 we didn’t have the two generations of grapes that we had in the 2019s after the frost that year.

The wines…

JM makes wine how he likes – fresh whites and reds with density for keeping and that’s great – we don’t want all the same. In this vintage, he’s knocked those two styles out of the park!

2020 Bourgogne Chardonnay
Vines in commune of Chassagne
That’s a very bright and very attractive nose – open and inviting. Mouth-filling, wide energetic a little grapefruit energy, framed with some nice tannin. That’s going to be super; give it two years before attacking.

2020 Montagny 1er Cru
2 climats blended. ‘I construct a white like I construct a red.’
A wider nose – with energy – very faintly lemon. Wider, more intense, vibrant and zesty. Great, great finishing…

2020 Santenay Les Potets Blanc
Vines near the casino.
This nose is the narrower nose. Mineral, intense, juicily growing in the middle and finishing flavours. Persistent and stable in the finish, only very faintly with a little tannin. That’s also a super wine.

2020 Santenay Vignes Dense
14k vines per hectare, bringing smaller grapes. ‘It’s magic it brings the quality of the old vines but with young!’
A more open nose – fine yellow citrus with freshness. Rounder, more composed but no less energy – here’s a wine that hugs you, and then the flavour melts. That is picture-perfect in the finish. A beauty.

2020 Auxey-Duresses Le Hautes
80-year-old vines, planted at ‘only’ 12k per hectare, always small grapes always great quality, same quality as my last wines, just different
This has a little more lime freshness to the nose. Extra in the flavour too – this is balanced but with such a vibrating intensity, faintly saline. Yum!

2020 Puligny-Montrachet Corvées des Vignes
An extra width of higher tones – inviting but not as much as some of the last. I love the attack of this – incisive, extra depth of flavour – some of that is oak – but not all.

2020 Santenay 1er Le Beaurepaire
Marne with lots of limestones – ‘more a Chablis geology-style though a different epoch.’
That’s a nice nose a bit of toasty reduction but again interestingly inviting. A bit more structure and deliciously melting intense flavour. Great wine!
2020 Santenay 1er Gravières HD
Here’s a nose that has many similarities to the last. Bubbling, vibrant and delicious again – this a wine that’s growing in intensity. Holding in a long diminuendo – almost as great as the last today…

Solera Aligoté
This with 2 vintages now – 19 and 20
The aroma is not dissimilar to the others, with energy but here perhaps a bit of spice here too. Smaller than the Santeneys but very well textured, melting, mouth-watering, very delicious – salinity showing right at the end. Super-impressive Aligoté

Les Reds:

2020 Santenay Vieilles-Vignes
Just two lieu dits principally, Les Poirons and Les Hâtes, from over 50-year-old vines. Like the whites, elevage without sulfur until the wine is assembled.
Dark colour, some energy to the black-cherry here, almost a hint of pepper. Big, energetic, tannic though with no grain – spiced. Slowly mouth-watering, impressive wine.

2020 Auxey-Duresses 1er Les Bretrins
Might do 2 years elevage here…
Here the nose is quite tight and unyielding. A flavour profile like the previous – tannic, structured but with depth of flavour accented with plenty of herb – a wine that’s made for the more patient drinkers – but you will have everything with enough patience.

2020 Santenay 1er Le Beaurepaire
A smoother, silkier nose with whole-cluster perfume entwined. Silky attack, layered, mouth-watering, the first red that’s fully pinot and involving for me – and how involving – this is a beauty!

2020 Santenay 1er Passetemps
14k/hectare pinot fin planting. This plot touches the last but the two pinots are separated by some chardonnay.
A tighter nose again, peppery. Supple, dark-fruited, accented with the whole clusters again. This with a more overt tannic structure – the tannin’s not to the level of the Auxey but still a keeper. Long, faintly licorice in the finish.

2020 Santenay 1er Les Gravières
Old vines, in fact, the oldest of the domaine. 70-years-old.
Consistently deep colours from these wines. Like the last a little tight and faintly reductive. Fuller, rounder – almost black-fruited, again with some wc. The tannin forward and perhaps a modest grain but generally a bit less volume than the previous wine.

2020 Gravité
Santenay Rouge. This the cuvée with 2 years elevege – JM will soon rack to 2019!
Also a tighter nose but with white pepper and no reduction. Here are flashes of beautifully pure fruit. Plenty of tannin, with some dryness – but like the others without an overt grain. Long – an impressive diminuendo of flavour.

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