Jean-Marc Vincent

12 May 2022
“This small, but exceptional domaine is one of the Côte de Beaune’s finest and deserves to be much better known” – William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

Since 1997, Jean-Marc Vincent has gradually turned this humble Santenay property into one of the finest in the Côte de Beaune, crafting joyful wines that offer unrivalled value to those in the know.

Recovering prime vineyards that his family had rented out since the 1970s, Jean-Marc works across some of Santenay’s most respected 1er Crus, including ‘Beaurepaire’ and ‘Les Gravières’. A pragmatic, detail-focused farmer, he continually pushes the boundaries of modern viticulture. Jean-Marc is a proponent of tressage – the laborious and highly skilled practice of braiding the vine canopy, as pioneered by Lalou Bize-Leroy – optimising ripeness and minimising vine stress to grow top quality, organic fruit.

‘Beaurepaire’ – a steep, well-exposed slope – provides exceptional terroir for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A vigneron who excels at both white and red winemaking, Jean-Marc’s wines are characterised by their haunting perfume and fine detail. He laments drinkers who think Santenay is only for immediate consumption; his wines, whilst delicious in youth, show uncommon intensity and complexity with age.

Just as Sylvain Pataille and Vincent Dureuil have transformed the reputations of Marsannay and Rully, Jean-Marc’s wines are resetting expectations of Santenay’s terroir in the eyes of Burgundy lovers.

Santenay Blanc 1er Cru ‘Beaurepaire’ 2011 Sold out
Multi-layered and Puligny-like with a hint of toasty oak. Its spicy stone fruit and creamy texture is braced by herbal lift and taut, lemony acidity. Drink to 2026.

Santenay Rouge 1er Cru ‘Beaurepaire’ 2013 Sold out
A seductive perfume showing spicy, sappy fruit (from whole clusters), woodsmoke, and roses. Retains its freshness alongside sous bois evolution. Drink to 2028.

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