This second generation old estate is located in the town of Davayé, in southern Burgundy. The winery was founded by Maurice Martin in 1969. His son Richard took it over in 1990 and was joined by his brother Stéphane in 1992. While Richard takes care of the vinification and the sales, Stéphane is in charge of the vineyard. They sell 80% of their production in bottle and 20% to negociants. Currently, they export 40% of their wine outside of France.
Richard and Stephane Martin
Croix Senaillet Cross
"Domaine de la Croix Senaillet" takes its name from a cross that had been given by an ancient mayor of the village called Benoit Senaillet. The records show that the mayor donated the cross to Davayé in 1866 to replace the one that was destroyed in 1793 during the French Revolution. According to the common believes, the cross that was blessed in 1867 would protect the inhabitants of the village and everyone that would pass by.
The vineyards are located on the south/southeastern slopes of the Solutre and Vergisson rocks. The estate spreads over 52 parcels in the town of Davayé and measures 22 hectares total (54.3 acres): 17 ha in St Véran, 5 ha in Mâcon, less than 1 hectare in Pouilly-Fuisse. The soil is both chalk and clay. The vines are 40 years old on average. In order to increase the quality of the grapes, Stephane has decided to use "culture raisonnée", which means that they watch carefully and daily the vineplant, checking for the sanitary level in the vineyard and use very small amount of pesticide and chemical products if necessary.
Saint Veran's AOC represents 696 hectares (1,726 acres) in total. The total production for the AOC is around 42,775 hectoliters (474,089 twelve-bottle-case equivalent)
Domaine de la Croix Senaillet Wine Advocate Issue 215
"Following on from their impressive set of 2011s, Domaine de la Croix Senaillet have another excellent portfolio in 2012, the first vintage to be certified biodynamic by ECOCERT. The fruit here was harvested from September 7-28. Winemaker Richard Martin told me that he found his 2012s to be richer than the 2011s, although the introduction of biodynamie meant that he now has to keep a closer eye on pH levels. The best wines from Domaine de la Croix Senaillet cluster around Saint Véran, in particular Les Rochats and the standout Sur La Carrière. - Neal Martin" - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 215, October 2014)
"(made from three parcels from different terroirs; vinified partly in piècesand demi-muids from one to five years of age): Bright yellow. Sexy spicy oak lifts the aromas of soft citrus zest and clove; shows more of a yellow-fruit ripeness than the 2016 Saint-Véran bottlings. Nicely concentrated, generous Pouilly-Fuissé with good spicy cut and acid spine. Offers a good combination of depth and energy, not to mention subtle complexity. Finishes spicy and persistent, but give this wine until next summer to harmonize more fully. The yield here was barely 30 hectoliters per hectare in 2016, according to Richard Martin. - Stephen Tanzer" - Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2017), 89 pts
"This wine is ripe, with good balance between acidity and the rich yellow fruits. It has a lightly tangy character, although it is more about delicious juiciness and a warm, generous character that is lightly sustained by toast. Drink from 2017. — R.V." - Wine Enthusiast (October 1st 2015), 91 pts