2015 Chateau de la Charriere Santenay 1er Cru "Gravieres"

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Château de la Charrière is one of our most popular direct import producers and a label that easily represents the best bang for your buck we carry in Burgundy. Formerly run by Yves Girardin, the business is now run by his young son Benoit, who definitely has modernized the winemaking a bit since his first vintage in 2011. Whereas the wines were a bit funky and rustic previously, the past few vintages are much cleaner; showcasing the pureness of the Pinot Noir by de-stemming completely so as to remove tannic structure. The 2015 vintage represents their best wines to date, in our opinion.

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Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
A delicious Indian summer sipper that will segue nicely into the holidays. The nose here is vibrant and expressive, showing a bounty of ripe red fruit with layers of star anise and rose petals. Made from completely destemmed fruit, the Gravieres is a beautiful representation of Santenay, balanced with silky tannins and made to enjoy over an autumn dinner.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2017 | Send Email
One of our perennial best values the 2015 Charriere Santenay 1er Cru "Gravieres" is once again a smokingly good value. Pretty, zesty red fruits with lip-smacking minerality are the hallmarks of this lovely Burgundy. The perfect intersection of fruit, acid and earth this wine has the pedigree of the fantastic 2015 vintage while remaining an outstanding value.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2027

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2017 | Send Email
Wines from this site always appeal to me. Broad, high-toned, sappy and sauvage; one of my favorite expressions of Pinot Noir. This is no exception but we can add on a lusciousness of the '15 vintage. This wine has immediate appeal but medium term aging potential; once you try it you will understand the dilemma.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2017 | Send Email
Benoit Girardin took over for his father about 5 years ago. The 2015’s are the best wines that I have tasted from this propert. The aromas from the “Gravieres” just jump from the glass like a basket of freshly picked fruit. The texture of this wine is silky and elegant, with spicy red fruits that linger on the finish. Delicious!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Alcohol Content (%): 13