Jean-Marc Vincent 'Les Potets' Santenay Blanc, Burgundy, France 2015

Jean-Marc Vincent 'Les Potets' Santenay Blanc, Burgundy, France 2015

Jean-Marc Vincent 'Les Potets' Santenay Blanc, Burgundy, France 2015

The wife and husband team of Anne-Marie and Jean-Marc Vincent is a remarkable force in Burgundy. During our trip to Burgundy in March 2023, one of the highlights was visiting their domaine located in Santenay. Their passion for growing grapes and producing wine was palpable. Their unwavering commitment to cultivating the finest fruit in harmony with nature was truly inspiring. Jean-Marc’s boundless enthusiasm was contagious and left a lasting impression.

Jean-Marc is always seeking new ideas, helped in part by his close connections with fellow vignerons Olivier Lamy, Bruno Lorenzon, Thomas Bouley and Sylvain Pataille. They share concepts and challenge the limits of contemporary viticulture. One of their most important experiments has been high-density plantings (more vines per hectare), which resulted in their discovering that after five years, younger vines could yield the same results as older vines. Most of Jean-Marc’s vineyards are now currently planted between 14,000 to 17,000 vines per hectare.

Soils at the domaine are also carefully worked. Ploughing is no longer done with a heavy tractor to avoid soil compaction. Chardonnay vines are now hand-trimmed and tressage (weaving) is employed on the Pinot Noir as opposed to hedging. The results have increased the surface area of the foliage, protecting grapes from the sun and improving water management. Grass is grown in every other row to promote soil health and natural flora. Shoots are separated one by one to aerate the clusters throughout the growing season. 

Harvest consists of several tris (passes) through the vineyard picking for optimal maturity. Sorting is done in the vineyard before the harvest arrives in small boxes at the winery. All handling is done by gravity without crushing the grapes. While Jean-Marc avoids using sulfur during fermentation, and then keeps adjustments to a minimum during elevage and just before bottling.

Chardonnay grapes are pressed immediately after harvest under low pressure. Gravity then transfers the must to oak casks for a cool, long fermentation with native yeast. The white wines are aged in 10% new oak for an increasingly prolonged duration, now upwards of 18 months. Another sign of Jean-Marc’s continual tinkering is his gradual shift from 350L barrels to larger 500L demi-muids. Lees are stirred 3 or 4 times per month up until spring and then left on their lees until aging is complete. 

These wines have been reviewed by some of our favorite wine critics. Here's what they had to say:

"...the wines are always good and frequently exceptional." Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy, second edition

"One of Burgundy’s most exciting small domaines is hiding in plain sight." William Kelley, Wine Advocate,   August 2021 Week 2

Grape: Chardonnay, 45 year old vines 

Soil: Clay & Limestone 

Viticulture: Organic (Practicing), minimal SO2

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Although 2015 is a ripe vintage, this wine shows plenty of precision and focus. The wine is round, yet restrained, the acidity is there playing a supportive role to the unctuous yellow fruits, orchard fruit and savory pistachio element. A lovely mature white burgundy.

- Kimberly 

Showing good focus for this level of maturity, with acidity that has calmed and integrated but provides a backbone for the layers of fruit and tertiary notes.  Creamy lemon custard is at the forefront, with baked yellow apple, bitter almond, and a subtle hint of crushed green pistachio on the nose.  This Santenay from progressive Burgundy star, Jean-Marc Vincent, is at its peak drinking window for those who like white burgundy with a bit of age. 

- Tyler

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Wine Type
white wine
Grape
chardonnay
Viticulture
organic
Country
france
Region
burgundy

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