Les Sarments, a winemaker’s house dating from the 18th century
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An innovative gite which hold its roots in the 18th century

Les Sarments were founded back in the 18th century.

Even though the quality of Burgundy’s wines has been largely renowned since the 14th century, the culture of winemaking only began in the 17th century. The wine of Cote de Beaune, already widely appreciated and praised for its quality, then reached a new status, being considered as “the most agreeable and  the most salutary” of wines, within the faculty of medicine of Paris. Fagon, Louis XIV’s general practitioner during the last 23 years of the king’s life, did not hesitate to prescribe to the “Sun King” the consumption of this delicious wine as a form of medicine against his ill health...

It is in this context of tremendous promotion of the vine that Les Sarments were built to host the winemakers hired to serve the powerful and noble family who owned  land in Santenay and Chassagne. Throughout the 18th and 19th century, Les Sarments would remain a sanctuary for one of these winemakers’ family. The 20th century was to become a tipping point in the history of this place, with important changes being made to the building’s structure.

Following its most recent purchase, the new owners, having been present themselves in Santenay for several generations, and with the precious help of their architect, worked to recover the place’s original character by renovating the house and giving the building a new cohesion as a whole.

Today Les Sarments, just like the green vine which grows back every year, are ready to begin a new life chapter.