Madame Veuve Point Santenay Rouge 2016
An intense and spicy Pinot Noir, with bright acidity, textured red fruit character and floral undertones. On the palate, firm tannins give this wine a full body and delicate texture. Pair with veal and braised beef or a cheese board with Brie de Meaux, Pont-l'Evêque, Cîteaux, Reblochon and Bleu de Bresse.
The wines of Madame Veuve Point take their name from the inspirational female winemaker – Jeanne Marie Point – who was widowed at the tender age of 26 (“veuve” means widow in French). In 1895, she married vigneron Claude Point, and joined him in his vineyards in Solutré-Pouilly in the Maconnais region of Burgundy. When Claude died in 1903, the newly widowed Jeanne Marie decided that she would continue to work the vineyards, and continue the winemaking legacy that she and Claude had begun.
Despite her dedication, other winegrowers in her village did not accept her because she was a woman. However in 1904, one of her wines won the Grand Prize at the St Louis World Fair in the USA, finally bringing her the recognition she deserved. Today, the winery is named in her honour, as a pioneering woman in wine.
And her legacy of hard work and dedication continues to this day. Madame Veuve Point’s great-great-granddaughter Géraldine Point, is now at the helm of the family business, which produces quality Burgundian wines in close collaboration with some of the region’s long established winegrowers.