Andrew Guard

2016 Santenay Rouge Cuvée 'S ', David Moreau

The 2016 Santenay "Cuvée S" is raised in 20 to 25% new oak from vines susceptible to millerandage. It has an attractive sweet violet-scented bouquet that is very nicely defined. The palate is very well balanced with vivid raspberry and cranberry fruit, well structured with a firm, grippy finish. This is quite excellent and can be cellared for 2 or 3 years, and then consumed over the next 8-10

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