Red Burgundy:Domaine Saint-Martin

Martin Bart is the genial and enthusiastic proprietor/winemaker of Domaine St. Martin. Domaine St. Martin is, in fact, a set of cuvées custom-made at the estate for Patrick Lesec. Patrick consults closely with Martin on the élevage of these cuvees. The domaine is the successor to the old estate of Clair Dau, and has 15 hectares of vineyards ranging in age from 15 to over 60 years. Yields are kept low and the fruit is harvested at maximum ripeness. The wines go through a cold maceration for 5-6 days and fermentation lasts 15 days. The grands crus and Fixin Hervelets are aged in new barrels. The aging programs for the Marsannays and Santenays are determined individually. The wines are racked once by hand before bottling and are not fined or filtered. Great care is taken to maintain the purity and freshness of the fruit. The wines across the board are truly lovely with fragrant aromas, sweet fruit, fine textures and long, complex finish.

  • Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

    This Grand Cru Burgundy is made from thirty-five to forty-five year-old vines then aged in oak barrels, all new, for a year or so depending upon the vintage. Bottled by gravity and unfiltered, unfined. The production of the Bonnes Mares Grand Cru is very small, more than the Chambertin Clos de Bèze, but it retains the same kind of complexity, elegance and length. It has lovely aromatics of ripe dark cherry, with hints of mineral, earth, oak, and flowers on the nose. On the palate the fruit is ample, showing both red and black cherry, with lots of mineral, leather toasty oak, and forest floor, especially as it ages. The tannins are fairly well integrated from the start, but are there to give the wine length and longevity as the wine ages, and marries well with the fruit on the finish to give a very satisfying Burgundy. It will age easily 7-10 years after the vintage.

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    • Fixin 1er Cru Hervelets

      This Fixin ‘les Hervelets’ comes from vines that range from forty to sixty years-old, the wine is fermented and then aged in 100% new barrels. The wine is racked only once prior to bottling, which is done by gravity (no pumping) and remains unfiltered and unfined. Les Hervelets is the top vineyard of Fixin, and Martin Bart does an admirable job with these grapes every year. Only six barrels are made in a typical year. The nose is rich with lovely cherry, spice, and toasty oak tones. On the palate, the lush, sweet ripe cherry fruit is nicely balanced with layers of toasty oak, and well-integrated medium to soft tannins. It can drink well as a young wine, but benefits greatly to be aged 4-8 years after the vintage, and when it does it pays with very expressive fruit, minerality, and balance. Wow!

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      • Marsannay Finottes

        Marsannay is the northernmost village of the Côtes de Nuits in Burgundy and is somewhat of a stepchild since it has no Premier Cru or Grand Cru vineyards in the village. It is the only village in Burgundy that has a special appellation just for the Rosé wines. This Marsannay from the single vineyard ‘les Finottes’ is a beautiful expression of the Burgundy Pinot Noir. It has a delightful bouquet reminiscent of ripe cherry, violets, and sunny earth. On the palate it shows a nice round fruit entry, it is more open than many other Côtes de Nuits reds, and has a medium textured mid-palate, with tannins that are well-integrated, but give good body and length. The wines of Domaine Saint Martin always show very nice balance, very good intensity and length.

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        • Marsannay Champs Salomon

          Marsannay is the northernmost village of the Côtes de Nuits in Burgundy and is somewhat of a stepchild since it has no Premier Cru or Grand Cru vineyards in the village. It is the only village in Burgundy that has a special appellation just for the Rosé wines. This Marsannay, Champs Salomon, is from the single vineyard ‘les Finottes’ and is the lieu-dit that has petitioned for Premier Cru status for the last decade or so. A bit bigger and more opulent than its neighbor ‘les Finottes, it has a rich bouquet of dark cherry, violets, and sunny earth. On the palate it shows a a structured fruit entry, with a medium textured mid-palate showing a red earth minerality, with tannins that are firm yet well-integrated. Very good length, but will show more fruit with a little bottle age. The wines of Domaine Saint Martin always show very nice balance, very good intensity and length. These wines are unfiltered and unfined.

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