A history bound up with that of Burgundy
A seigniorial estate
Château de Santenay is one of the largest wine-producing estates in Burgundy. This prestigious property, consisting of the Château with its remarkable glazed tile roof and a 98 hectare vineyard, is the fruit of an ancient heritage intimately linked to the history of wine production in Burgundy.
Philippe le Hardi (Philip the Bold) son of King Jean le Bon of France (John the Good) was the most illustrious owner of Château de Santenay. A brilliant politician, Philippe le Hardi began a magnificent chapter in the history of Burgundy, founding the Valois of Burgundy dynasty, which would reign for over a century.
Assembled over the course of the twentieth century, through various purchases and inheritances, the estate consists of a mosaic of plots on the Côte d'Or and the Côte Chalonnaise. Thanks to this diversity of "climats"(small plots of vines) the château produces a wide variety of wines whose nuances and subtlety result from the unique geology.
Philippe le Hardi's decree
Burgundy was already producing wines for the royal table in the Middle Ages, and winegrowers were disturbed to see Pinot Noir being replaced by "coarse" varieties, such as Gamay, which offered high yields, but produced acidic, low quality wines. In 1395, in response to being petitioned by the inhabitants of Dijon, Beaune and Chalon, Philippe le Hardi passed a decree banning the planting Gamay in vineyards, and ordering the cutting down and pulling up of any vines that had already been planted. The same concern for quality saw the monks of Suresnes travelling all the way to Meursault to buy Chardonnay vines.