Santenay

With its thousand inhabitants, the charming town of Santenay situated at the heart of our coast around circular cliffs, is one of many places in Burgundy where you can find great Crus. Renowned for its mineral waters containing lithium and saline, Santenay has been a hydrothermal resort since 1968.
The village, the Sorine mill
With its thousand inhabitants, the charming town of Santenay situated at the heart of our coast around circular cliffs, is one of many places in Burgundy where you can find great Crus. Renowned for its mineral waters containing lithium and saline, Santenay has been a hydrothermal resort since 1968.

The village

This beautiful, hillside area is ideal for walking. The Mont de Sène or "Mountain of Three Crosses" (triple crosses built at the summit) with a magnificent panoramic view of the coast and the village, you can also see the Saône valley, the Jura, the Alps, the Clunisois and the Morvan.

Santenay is made up of four parts:
- Santenay-le-Haut, the oldest part was formerly known as Narosse. It lies between la Charrière and the district dedicated to balneology.
- Saint Jean at the base of Mount Sène, with its ancient church.
- La Crée which separates the last two suburbs of Santenay-le-Bas.
- Santenay-le-Bas, the centre of the village which is built around the castle. Now shops, the train station and the Tourist Office are found there.

The beautiful mansion with a terrace overlooking the square, which is today home to the Prosper Maufoux House, was built in 1837 by the sole proprietor of Romanée-Conti, at the time the wine merchant Duvault-Blochet. Going up la Grande rue (the main street), you can take in the Jonchapt house and its pigeon loft. This building was erected in the mid seventeenth century by Denis Jonchapt the "owner of the Santenay marquisate." When he died in 1674, he was buried at the foot of the statue of the Virgin slaying the Dragon, which he ordered for the Saint John church in 1660.

At the bottom of the castle is the Church of Notre Dame du Rosaire. This church was built with donations from two daughters of the wealthy owner of Romanée Comti, Jacques-Duvault Blochet. The aim was to build a church closer to the modern centre of the village, not far from the place du jet d'eau. This new building was inaugurated on October 17, 1891. It suffered from a fire in 1988 and started again from new in 1990.

Continuing down, you get to the Town Hall Square where you see the St. Agatha Chapel and the Belfry.
The St. Agatha Chapel (1590) towards the Town Hall, has a bell tower which was later replaced by a belfry. It served as a prison during the Terror. Today it houses a meeting room and the library.

The Millard castle was built by François Millard towards 1670. It is a rectangular main building with two square towers and pyramidal roofs.
It has a pigeon loft and a small building used as kitchen.
Today it's the seat of the wine merchant Fleurot-Larose.


The Sorine Mill

It was built inside the vineyard by François Sorine, son of a Santenay winemaker towards 1830 to build a windmill.

It was restored by the town in 1990 because it was at risk of falling apart and was inaugurated in 1995, it can also grind wheat.

Its tower is 8 meters high with a diameter of 6 meters.
Its walls are a meter thick and its frame and cover are made of chestnut and weigh 12 tons. It has a wingspan of 14.50 meters and its sails weigh 3.5 tons.

The Sorine Mill is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment for groups.
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Santenay
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