2019 Santini Champlitte Rouge

Burgundy, France

Fusing organic vines and exciting times, this light, bright and juicy blend of Gamay and Chardonnay, is among the best of Burgundy's innovative new wave.



About the Wine

It’s no new thing that Burgundy’s crazy land prices have pushed folks to explore the region’s margins for years.

And Chris Santini’s wines are a great example of cultivated innovation within a group of young winemakers operating out of the hinterland area of Auxey-Duresses.

After a frosty season claimed the Pinot crop, this edition of the Champlitte is a marvellous bitsa blend of red and white grapes, fusing three-quarters Gamay with light, bright Chardonnay. Smokey with herbal raspberry fruit and lavender fragrance and red cherry, it’s new wave Burgundy fully embracing the season.

About Santini Collective

With a Corsican father raised in Tunisia and an American passport, Chris Santini has travelled far and wide, making wine in Provence and Burgundy before settling in Beaune to work for American importing legend Kermit Lynch.

Santini Collective is a collaboration with his brothers made in the The Auxey-Collective, the 100 year-old cellar in Auxey-Duresses he shares with other young winemakers.

With a network of brilliant contacts he sources fruit from organic growers from Burgundy and beyond.

Making light, aromatic, fruit driven wines with a sense of fun, these are thoughtful, innovative and vibrant additions to Burgundy’s new wave.

Burgundy, France
Additional Info

From the Producer

Champlitte is the name of the outlying village in Burgundy from which this comes from.

This is a co-fermented blend of organic red and white grapes using a variation on the technique of carbonic maceration. It infuses whole bunches of Gamay with Chardonnay juice giving a deliciously full, high energy wine with plush red fruit flavours.

Typically this would be made using Pinot Noir, but in 2019 frost destroyed the crop. 

Blend : Gamay (75%), Chardonnay (25%)
ABV : 13.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

Chris Santini
Chris Santini
Burgundy, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Delicious! A heavy rose vibe here with firm skeleton of tannin and acidity, so bright, tense, refreshing and darn interesting. It’s super fragrant, spicy, shows cherry and berry fruitiness but lots of autumnal characters too. Game meat, amaro-tangy acidity, herbal notes in the mix. Epic!" - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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