What is it? Santenay is a village that is located very close to three big villages in Burgundy: Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Saint-Aubin. It has a similar terroir to Chassagne-Montrachet, so santenay has a flavour profile that’s a bit like chassagne-montrachet’s little brother.
How does it taste? You get this freshness, something slightly toasty and buttery, with a rich body and texture. Bachelet-Monnot are two brothers who, to me, will be the next stars of Burgundy, especially for their whites. They keep the structure and the body of a chassagne-montrachet, but with a hint of minerality and freshness that brings more elegance to the wine. Any light meat like chicken would be a nice match, or a lobster bisque. The great beauty of Burgundy, however, is you can get santenay five times cheaper than chassagne-montrachet.