Wine has been a long tradition for the Sorine family (which doesn't remember when they settled in Santenay). However Christian Sorine remembers that his grandfather Charles had to leave the village for Paris after the phylloxera crisis ruined him. Optimistically, he went back in 1924 and started again to practice his winegrower skills after his marriage to a vintner's daughter. His son, Jean (Christian's father), considerably enlarged the Domaine, planting on forgotten -- and cheap -- fallow land after the War.
Since 1990 Christian has run the estate, 11 hectares now, and still tries to acquire some new parcels. He has also developed the estate bottling that gives us the great opportunity to taste his wines.
They are powerful and fresh, possess a well-balanced medium body, and are colored by bunches of red and black fruits that explode on your palate. It's also true that it's often worth waiting a few years to let these old-vine wines
Owner: Christian Sorine
Appellation: Santenay, Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau, Santenay 1er Cru Beaurepaire, Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Vieilles Vignes
Localization: Santenay, the most southern village of Côte de Beaune
Surface area: 11 ha
Viticultural Methods: Short pruning (cordon de royat), disease control with the method called lutte raisonnée (rational treatment), hillside parcels put under grass to limit erosion and yields
Harvest: By hand
Vinification: Cold maceration for 4 to 7 days. Traditional 15-day fermentation with everyday stamping and remontages (pumping over).
The whites ferment in oak barrels (maximum 30% new)
Maturation: In oak barrels (25% new) for 12 to 15 months.
The whites spend 12 months in barrels.
Wine Characteristics: Powerful and concentrated, still fresh, they gain by ageing in bottles for two or three years.
The Chassagne is softer and long in mouth. 1er Cru Beaurepaire is more elegant and refined. The Santenay is clear and more subtle.