A small self-made estate founded in 1997 by a 5th generation winemaker, the wines from Nicolas Rossignol continue to be an excellent source for traditional Red Burgundy. In his 40s, Nicolas has practiced biodynamics almost since the beginning and follows a very strict regimen in the vineyard and the cellar. The Volnay Santenots has always been a standout, a mixture of young vines in their 20s and older vines between 60-70 years old. Santenots draws from both the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune with its proximity to Meursault and clay-limestone soils. Dense and intense while refined and structured, this wine encompasses Burgundy's power and elegance. We have some very low pricing for this bottle of Santenots, which is incredibly rare to find under one hundred dollars. 2015 is a fantastic red Burgundy vintage, and this is an excellent choice for those Burgundy drinkers who want a classic wine without breaking the bank.
Vinous (Stephan Tanzer) 93+ points! "Dark red with ruby tones, with the color coming from iron and limestone in the soil, according to Rossignol. Sexy scents of red raspberry, spices and tobacco. Wonderfully vibrant and delineated, particularly for Santenots, showing a fine-grained texture and terrific inner-mouth lift to its flavors of raspberry, dried flowers and spices. Serious depth here, as well as considerable dusty tannins to be absorbed. The Cailleret is for spring and summer, says Rossignol, while this wine is for fatty, spicier foods in fall and winter."
Decanter (William Kelley) 93 points! "One of the firmer, more masculine wines in the cellar, the brooding bouquet opens with notes of cassis, dark plum, rich soil and graphite, the prelude to a taut palate with a substantial chassis of tannin and acidity. A vin de garde that will need a dozen years in the cellar."