Andrew Guard

2016 Santenay Rouge Cuvée 'Les Hâtes' David Moreau

The maiden 2016 Santenay Les Hâtes (previously sold to a negoçiant) comes from a parcel located on the sloped part of the vineyard up by Beaurepaire. Now that David is happy with the results of his farming it is released. It has a vivid red cherry and tea scented aroma that has plenty of vibrancy and attractive lift. The palate is medium-bodied and supple with very fine-grain tannin, nicely structured on the entry but becoming more supple toward the transparent finish. This is an excellent debut

David Moreau is perhaps the great discovery of 2014 for me - for now he has taken over part of his grandfather’s domaine in Santenay and has produced wines there since 2009. He has an impeccable winemaking resume having worked on white wines with Olivier Lamy (Domaine Hubert Lamy) and was apprenticed to Domaine de la Romanée Conti where he learnt a thing or two about red wine..He also worked for a short time in New Zealand at Neudorf.

David has made very significant changes in both viticulture and vinification since 2009 all designed to produce the very best wine possible regardless of cost. He has relatively old vines that are mostly pruned by cordon royat to minimise vigour, and the vitculture is raisonné - watch this space