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Jean Claude Boisset Santenay Passetemps Premier Cru Blanc 2020  - First Bottle


96 James Suckling -
Striking nose of licorice, bergamot and a touch of vanilla. Really concentrated and creamy with near-perfect integration of discreet fruit, fine tannin and very delicate, chalky minerality. Very long and seamless finish that has wonderful brightness. Matured for 20 months in 450-liter oak casks with zero lees stirring. Drink or hold.

Technical Details

  • BlendChardonnay
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBurgundy
  • AppellationSantenay
  • VineyardPassetemps
  • Aging/Cooperage18 months in 35% new French oak barrels
  • Harvest Date43724
  • Alcohol13.9%

Jean Claude Boisset Santenay Passetemps Premier Cru Blanc 2020

Chardonnay  |  France

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JCB! Napa’s most famously flamboyant rapscallion just so happens to be a Frenchman with some fantastic White Burgundies in the family this 96 POINT Premier Cru stunner from Santenay! Over 30% OFF too?! This is elegant, voluptuous, and minerally-tinged chardonnay sure to delight at a remarkable price!

Santenay is the most southerly commune of the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy, at the base of the southern extremity of the limestone ridge that signifies the end of the Côte d'Or. The limestone-based soils, so favorable for fine viticulture, thin out just to the north of Santenay itself, but the commune still has its own share of Premier Cru vineyards, concentrated in its northernmost corners, where Santenay borders Chassagne-Montrachet. One such lieu-dit in this corner of Santenay is the Boisset’s climat of "Passetemps". Composed of two side-by-side plots of chardonnay on a hillside located just below the "Clos des Mouches" vineyard, these vines enjoy a southeast exposure and benefit from a layer of nutrient-rich clay soil atop limestone bedrock. The result is a rich and layered wine that balances ripe fruit flavors, tremendous depth, and uplifting minerality.

While 2020 is considered a hit-and-miss vintage for Burgundy reds, white wines in the vintage were almost universally exceptional. The fruit enjoyed a long hang-time, with a concentrated acidity and fruit flavors that never became overripe or dull. The results stack up with some of the most classic White Burgundy vintages in recent memory...all with a fair yield to boot!

Aged for 18 months with no racking or stirring, the wine rests in 35% new French oak barrels that had been toasted at low temperatures to impart a subtle, delicate touch of oak. The aromas reveal the toasty notes of barrel, but are deftly restrained by exotic fruits of mandarin orange, key lime, and Champagne mango. The spice note shows bergamot tea and lemongrass, with a creamy and rich finish of lightly browned butter and quince paste. This is a supple and forward White Burgundy sure to please lovers of Puligny-Montrachet or Premier Cru St. Aubin – warm and hedonistically pleasing without sacrificing its tension and verve. All this for under $50 makes this a steal not to be missed!

PAIRING IDEAS: Salt-crust baked halibut with a medley of spring vegetables. Finish the filet with a knob of butter and a hearty squeeze of lemon, and prepare to tuck in!

About the Producer

Boisset Family Estates is a family-owned wine company that was founded in 1961 by Jean-Claude Boisset. Today, the company is run by Jean-Charles Boisset, who is the son of Jean-Claude and a renowned wine industry leader in his own right. Boisset Family Estates owns and operates a number of wineries in California, France, and Canada. Some of their well-known wineries include Raymond Vineyards, Buena Vista Winery, JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset, DeLoach Vineyards, and Wattle Creek Winery. The company produces a wide range of wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Boisset Family Estates is known for its commitment to sustainable and biodynamic farming practices, as well as its dedication to quality winemaking. The company has received numerous accolades and awards for its wines, and its wineries are popular destinations for wine enthusiasts and tourists. In addition to producing wine, Boisset Family Estates also operates a number of wine-related businesses, including a wine and spirits distribution company, a wine education program, and a wine lifestyle brand that includes clothing, accessories, and home decor. Overall, Boisset Family Estates is a respected and influential player in the wine industry, with a reputation for producing high-quality wines and promoting sustainability and innovation in winemaking.