How Good is Patriarche Santenay White Wine?
Wine Review of 2015 Patriarche Père et Fils Santenay Blanc Chardonnay from Burgundy.
The wine features a very elegant and delicate nose, clearly smelling mineral, somewhat introvert in a positive way, just letting out subtle aromas cream, honey, lime, and dried pineapple.
The aromatic profile is franc and generous, filled with all the ripe Chardonnay goodness, citrus and ripe tropical fruit included, deepened by delicate oaky and doughy tones. Yet, it’s all expressed with notable finesse.
On the palate, this Santenay provides an outstanding unctuosity, feeling extremely smooth and suave, letting itself drink with great ease. The wine feels just watery enough to make the tasting experience seamless, yet dry, crisp, and concentrated-enough flavorwise to offer everything we love and expect from a good and complex Burgundy Chardonnay.
Delicate notes of sour dough brioche, fresh and dried pineapple, are combined with the subtlest touches of oaky vanilla, caramel, and toasted hazelnut, evolving with many layers towards a dry and salty finish. Enjoyable dryness and velvety phenolics to the aftertaste.
A delightful Burgundy Chardonnay, that is filled with all the goodness we love in the style: the citrusy and vibrant acidity, and the layers of ripe tropical fruitiness intricately combined with the buttery dough notes of barrel ageing on lees.
The outstanding expression in this Santenay though, is in how it delivers these classic flavors and aromas in an extreme sharpness of precision, purity, and somewhat restrained elegance.