The word ' Beau Regart' in ancient French is synonymous with 'a beautiful view' . Indeed this climat, well situated at mid-slope, does offer a lot of very pleasant views. The village and its windmill are overlooked by the Montagne des Trois Croix. From there you can have a view on the Jura mounts, on the plain to the east and on the Maranges villages that put an end to the Côte de Beaune southward. But even if this terroir seduces the contemplative souls, it is above all a highly rewarding plot for the conscientious vine grower. The domaine du Cellier aux Moines grows a 26-are- vineyard close to an ancient quarry face. Benefitting from an east exposure, with a slight incline towards the south on a little pronounced slope, this terroir is stony and deep. This place is noticeable for its high limestone content. Planted in 1996, the vines give beautiful well aerated bunches that are little sensitive to disease. This is an early terroir that stores both sun and heat quite easily; it is the first white producing vine to be harvested.
During the harvest, the grapes are first sorted out on the vines, then, if necessary, there may be a second sorting in the winery on a special sorting table. After a gentle pressing, the must is left to settle naturally for about 12 hours. This light racking of the lees enables the wine to keep a good substrate, thus being protected from oxidation and as a consequence, preserving all its aromatic richness. It is then poured into barrels by gravity and left to ferment. The Santenay premier cru Beauregard is matured in casks ( 50% new oak ) between 14 and 16 months. During this period, the wine is left undisturbed except for a few stirrings of the lees. The oak comes from the Vosges Forest, as we have experienced that the grain texture of the trees in this particular forest is in total harmony with the fine texture of our Santenay Premier Cru Before bottling, the wine spends about two months in vats in order to homogenize its components. The winery benefits from a four- level structure enabling to handle the harvest by gravity from the arrival of the grapes to the bottling operation, without any pumping.
The sun was 2015's guest star and kept on shining. The vines stored a lot of energy during the whole growth cycle. July was exceptionally warm and dry with temperatures reaching over 30° for 18 days; it was followed by life-giving rains in August. After an early awakening of the nature cycle, flowers could be seen on the vines as early as the end of May. The maturing of the grapes was very fast and we started harvesting on September 2nd. Picking lasted for 5 days with nice weather conditions... The grapes were splendid in the vats as well as in the presses. The Santenay Beauregard 2015 was harvested on September 4th. Bottling was carried out on November 28th 2016.
The qualities you expect from a beautiful Chardonnay from the Côte de Beaune are obviously present in this vintage.
It displays generous aromas with yellow fruit notes and a juicy touch. Melted wood fragrances build up this vintage's backbone, as well on the nose as on the palate, without overdoing it. Its depth on the palate reveals a good training of the vines. The smooth finish is balanced by a hint of freshness. You feel immediate pleasure and this sensation will be confirmed with the passing years.