The name Les Prarons refers to the name of the Santenay Village vineyard parcel which is located just below the “Les Gravières” premier cru vineyard towards the village of Chassagne. The vineyard is said to have been planted in 1945 by German prisoners of war. It’s a massal selection vineyard, i.e. no grape clones. This terroir’s typical characteristics give wines with delicate aromas and body.
Fine, light-medium ruby colour. Nose of delicate small berry fruit, earthy notes and fine wood. On the palate the wine is lively and tense with subtle fruit and a mineral, light and delicate finish.
To be served with game birds, poultry, fine cheeses and charcuterie.
Predominantly clay and limestone
Hand-harvested in small boxes, strict sorting to remove less than perfect grapes. De-stemmed with no crushing. 30% of the grapes are added as whole-clusters. Low sulphur addition, cold pre-fermentation maceration at 12 degrees for five days in wooden open-top fermenters. Regular delicate punch-downs and pump-overs to maintain elegance and finesse. Indigenous yeast fermentation. Gentle pressing, racked to 228L French oak barrels (25% new) for 12 months, then transferred to stainless steel tank for an additional six months of aging on fine lees. Un-fined, unfiltered
John Bambara’s passion for Burgundy and winemaking led him to start producing his own wine in the village of Santenay in Burgundy`s Côte d'Or. This project, the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, allowed him the opportunity to put his beliefs for this legendary region to work and to further develop his wine knowledge. Working with talented grape growers to obtain top quality fruit, the wines are made by him at his friend Anthony Olivier’s winery. This approach is different from many other "négociants" in the sense that John is involved in all stages of the winemaking process: choice of vineyards and grape growers, date of harvest, approach to winemaking, as well as decisions on aging and finishing. The wines are made without the use of additives, with only a strict minimum of sulfur and very little other intervention. The goal is to obtain the best expression of the vineyard site and vintage.
The Côte de Beaune covers approximately 30 kilometers between the towns of Sampigny, Dezize, and Cheilly at the south (that share the Maranges cru) and the Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny appellations to the north. It is the named vineyards of Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet that produce Burgundy’s (if not the world’s) finest white wines. The Pommard, Beaune, Volnay and Savigny appellations are famous for their Pinot Noirs of astounding expressions. Geologically, the Côte de Beaune is extremely complex. Each vineyard plot has its unique attributes that are reflected in the wines it produces. Some named vineyards provide more richness and body to the wine while others bring more minerality, finesse and acidity.
The Côte de Beaune is very fragmented and some vineyards in Pommard, Volnay, Santenay, and the southern part of Chassagne-Montrachet are situated on complex hillside fault lines. Because of this, these vineyards are more like the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation of Côte de Nuits than the neighbouring parcels in the Côte de Beaune. This is just one example of the complexity of Burgundy’s named vineyards and terroirs, the cradle of many of the greatest wines in the world.
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