Chateau de Santenay
From the 1st July 2021 Château de Santenay returned to its origins, and will henceforth be known as Domaine du Château Philippe le Hardi, after the Duke of Burgundy who first made the estate famous. Philippe le Hardi, or Philip the Bold, was the youngest son of King John II of France, and later created Duke of Burgundy. He founded the Burgundian branch of the house of Valois and is famous for outlawing the cultivation of the Gamay grape variety, which he notoriously called “disloyal”, in favour of Pinot Noir for red wine production in 1395. The estate lies in the heart of the Côte de Beaune, 40 minutes from Dijon. The château is a former 14th century fortress built on the site of a Roman castrum. The fortifications of the property date from the 9th century; it was added to during the 12th and 16th centuries, and the Château boasts a magnificent multicoloured mosaic tiled roof. Despite its illustrious past the property fell on hard times and was taken over by CA Grand Crus, a subsidiary of the French credit bank Crédit Agricole, who invested heavily and have put this historic estate back on track. They farm their vineyards sustainably and gained Terra Vitis certification in 2004. Their estate is rich in multiple terroirs with 98 hectares under vine spread over the Côte d'Or and the Côte Chalonnais in 17 appellations, including 2 Monopoles, 17 Premier Crus and 2 Grand Crus,. It is one of the largest estates in Burgundy and produces a traditional range of no less then 43 wines, which showcase the typicality of the Burgundy region.