The name Les Trois Croix refers to the famous hill with its vista at 520 meters overlooking the Santenay village and its vineyards. It also refers to the fact that the wine is a blend of grapes from three different vineyard locations around Santenay. Each vineyard adds to the complexity of the wine due to their varying soils, altitudes and exposure.
Fine, medium-deep, yellow straw colour with golden hues. Nose of citrus, stone fruit, and fine wood. On the palate the wine is lively and mineral with ripe fruit on the mid-palate. Long and fresh finish, with lingering hints of fine oak and ripe fruit.
To be served with white meats, seafood, or fish.
Predominantly limestone and clay
Lutte raisonnée, no herbicides, ploughed several times a year, 6500 vines per hectare
Hand-harvested, whole-cluster press using Vaselin screw press. Low sulphur addition, static setting at ambient temperature. Light racking to retain lees, transferred to 228L French oak barrels (15% new). Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts. Lees stirring every two weeks for approximately five months. Further aged without the addition of sulphur for twelve months, then transferred to tank for an additional six months of aging on fine lees. Bottled after light fining without filtration
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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