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.
2014 was a year full of contrasts. After a mild and humid winter, spring was definitely sunny. June rapidly took on summer looks. A 35° heat peak was registered on the vines as early as the beginning of the month. Flowering appeared on the 5th of June or so in excellent weather conditions. During the summer, August rains aroused some worries but September was finally dry and bright. These conditions enabled sugar to concentrate in the bunches, however you had to be patient before launching the harvest. The beautiful late-autumn weather that is very often found in Burgundy, gave us the opportunity to harvest well-matured Chardonnays from the 17th of September on. Supported by a beautiful acidity, the wines display a straightforward and pure mouthfeel. Each of them is particularly representative of its terroir. The Santenay Beauregard 2014 vintage was bottled on December 10th 2015.
With its deep gold-green colour, the robe of this Santenay has a very promising brightness. On the nose it displays mineral and ripe citrus fruit fragrances. A dried fruit touch adds to the wide spectrum of aromas. The first attack on the palate reveals an ample texture then it is followed by a lively and long frame adding some pep to a juicy and unctuous finish. This is a complete wine that can be laid down.