Domaine Comte Senard

In 1857, Jules Senard, great grandfather of the current owner created the original “Corton Clos Des Meix” vineyard. Covering a surface of 6 acres, the vineyard has been a “Monopole” (under exclusive control) ever since.

Over the years, the acquisition of prestigious appellations such as Corton Clos Du Roi, Corton Bressandes and Corton Paulands has increased the prestige and high reputation of the Comte Senard Estate.

The estate offers an incomparable selection of top wine, spread over 22 acres of prime vineyards.

An enthusiastic believer of initial cold-soaking and temperature control during fermentation process since 1988, Philippe Senard passionately defends these wine-making methods which provide the Corton and Aloxe Corton appellations all the qualities necessary for good ageing.

Since the year 2000, Lorraine has followed on from her father. Her first white wine vinification was with the 2002 vintage and the 2005 vintage for the red. Lorraine’s approach is very much inspired from the previous generations’ respect in keeping the Corton spirit alive: deep robe, red fruit aromas, finesse and powerful.

Lorraine Senard who is the winemaker since 2005 is today producing stylish, structured reds and white wines which are intensely sought after, handled carefully with restrained oak, aged in incredible cellars that were constructed in the 14th century by Benedictine monks of the famous Abbaye de Sainte Marguerite. The resulting wines display richness, depth and elegance while remaining true to their origins.

Philosophy

Elaborating fine wine relies primarily on the quality of the raw material.

It is for this reason that we insist on taking great care during all phases of the vine’s natural cycle and remain respectful to both plant and its environment. It is therefore no surprise that we have opted for a sustainable-organic approach that best suits our convictions: the non-use of herbicides and insecticides, sustainable farming and ploughing techniques throughout the Estate…

Following strict checking of the vine’s maturity, harvesting is carried out by hand. A first sorting is done manually by the harvesting team followed by a second sorting when the grapes arrive at the winery, with the help of a sorting table. According to the yield’s condition the harvest is entirely or partially de-stemmed, or not to de-stem at all.

For example the 2012 vintage was entirely made with whole grape bunches.

The wine must is then cooled down and maintained at low temperature for a period of between 5 to12 days.

This pre-fermentation phase favors the extraction of precious components found inside the grape skin and it increases the aromatic complexity and taste of the wines and helps to enhance their color.

After a soft and well-controlled pressing, the wines are aged in oaks barrels for 18 months using a ratio of 1/3 new barrels,1/3 barrels previously used once, and 1/3 in two-year old barrels.

The Burgundy village of Aloxe Corton (692 acres) lies midway between the côte de Beaune and côte de Nuits. It is the only appellation that has both Grands Crus ac in both red and white wines:

– 250 acres of red Corton,

– 121 acres of Corton Charlemagne (white),

– 94 acres of Aloxe Corton 1er Cru and 237 acres of Aloxe Corton village.

The combination of clay and marl limestone soil creates structured and powerful Pinot noir wines whose finesse develops well over the years.

The chardonnay planted on the world-reputed famous Corton Charlemagne vineyard and produces a golden tint wine with a distinct mineral character.