Santenay is the most southerly wine-producing commune of the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy, with its own communal appellation (created in 1937). The wines produced are predominantly red and made from Pinot Noir, although a small quantity of Chardonnay is also produced.
A typical Santenay red wine is more deeply colored than those from further north, although still the dark cherry color so characteristic of red Burgundy. The aromas are of licorice, red berries and violets, with the most perfumed examples also showing notes of rose petals.
The Clos de Cornieres is 100% Pinot Noir sourced entirely from the 'Les Cornières' vineyard, which is a large eastern-facing plot (over 10 hectares) that is due west from the village. The vineyard is named for the trees that grow there, which bear small, reddish pears. The wine is unfined and bottled with zero sulfur.
Pairings: Duck confit, mustard crusted lamb , chicken, grilled zucchini, smoked salmon.