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Santenay is an appellation for red and white wine. The wines, which are all at village and Premier Cru level, are made in the commune of the same name, which is four square miles, and the commune of Remigny, which is slightly under a square mile. This makes for 320 acres of wine land.

The red wines of Santenay are the most important, making up more than 3/4 of production. The wines are made from Pinot Noir and, like St-Romain reds, they start out bitter and need a few years to show their more elegant, rounded side. The whites are less common, with a simple but pleasant nutty richness.


Santenay was recognized as an AOC in 1970. The usual rules for yields and alcohol levels were laid out. In the 1970s, this was not a popular appellation, and only in recent years has it made a true name for itself in the Côte de Beaune. With the recent financial recession and concurrent change toward better-valued wines, less expensive Burgundies such as Santenay have gained more attention.

Climate and Viticulture

The two villages are located around Maranges, at the very south of the Côte de Beaune. This means slightly warmer weather, and so Pinot Noir often cannot be made with the complexity that it can in the more northerly appellation. The climate is hilly, which is beneficial towards wine production, but the soil isn't quite rich and concentrated enough to produce great wine. Chardonnay, which is easier to please, doesn't find its greatest slopes in Santenay, but can produce a wine of good character.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

We list five producers of red Pinot Noir wines and five more Chardonnay producers. Here are the Pinot Noir makers; their specific wines are discussed under the subregions page below.

Here are the five Chardonnay makers of note. These are also discussed under subregions.


Santenay has no Grands Crus. Jadot lays claim to the only major lieu-dit, Clos de la Malte, from which they make a somewhat light, fruit-forward wine that defies the traditional earthy flavors of the appellation. Here are the 12 vineyards designated as Premier Cru.