Santenay, a tiny town with Big Wine Potential
Brothers Philippe and Jean-Christophe Gutrin have been cultivating the 13 hectares of vineyards for Domaine de la Choupette Gutrin Fils and running the winery since 2002. Taking over from their father Michel, who himself took over from his father, Joseph, the tradition of winemaking continues in the family. The small town of Santenay attracts many visitors with its thermal spa but winemaking is equally important here. The center of their winemaking is located in tiny Santenay, but vines in Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet are also an intergral part of production.
A Mix of Traditions and Modern Winemaking Techniques
The winery is located in the Côtes de Beaune, part of the famous region of Burgundy. Quality is the brothers’ key concern and they achieve it by combining tradition with modernity. They do not use any chemicals and plough in spring to aerate the soil. In summer, they strip off the leaves to allow the grapes as much sunshine and aeration as possible. From preparation for the new season by starting the cutting process in December, they work year-round to achieve their excellent results.
Domaine de la Choupette Gutrin Fils Winery and its Golden-Colored Wines
The vineyards fall under four appellations. These are Santenay, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Santenay Premier Cru. In Santenay’s winery they grow mostly Pinot Noir grapes on a limestone and clay soil. The wines made from these grapes are fermented in stainless steel thermo-regulated vats. However, they also have some Chardonnay vines in Santenay. This golden-colored wine is rounded and full-bodied. On the other hand, the Chardonnay vines which grow on the clay soils of Puligny Montrachet produce a lighter wine. It is paler and has a distinct floral and vanilla aroma.