Savigny-les-Beaune


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  • Camus-Bruchon Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru Les Lavieres 2018

    £47.95

    “The 2018 Savigny-les-Beaune Les Lavieres 1er Cru has a very refined bouquet of pure red cherries and crushed strawberry fruit, one of the most floral in this range of 2018s. The palate is well balanced with a tightly wound entry. There is a firm backbone to this Savigny, and a grippy finish, yet it delivers abundant freshness and elegance. It just needs time to knit together. Drinking window: 2024-2040. 91-93 points

    Though I tasted Camus-Bruchon’s wines at the annual Burgfest tasting, I had not visited this producer located on the outskirts of Savigny-lès-Beaune until this year. Winemaker Guillaume Camus is a young and chatty vigneron, his family having made wine in Burgundy since 1734 (sadly not available for tasting, though he did crack open a couple of older bottles.) He explained how he farms nine hectares of vines that are tended lutte raisonée and organic, predominantly Pinot Noir. “I have a relaxed approach to the vineyard husbandry,” Camus explained. “I harvest entirely by hand, commencing the picking at 7.30am for the 2019 vintage. I used 30% whole bunches across the range and conducted a cold maceration for one week, using indigenous yeasts during the two to four week vatting. All the wines are matured in 20-25% new oak for 12 months. The 2018s were bottled in mid-December.” The splendid 2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Lavières and Aux Gravains, not to mention the Pommard Clos les Arvelets, attest Guillaume Camus as being a winemaker who knows his way around a vineyard. I was impressed by what I tasted throughout both his bottled 2018s and 2019s. The wines conveyed a sense of classicism and are imbued with personalities respective to their individual terroirs. The Pommard Clos des Arvelets had an irresistible tang of freshly shucked oyster shells and it battled it out with a terroir-driven Savigny-lès-Beaune Aux Gravains for best in show. I look forward to returning.”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (12/20)

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  • Camus-Bruchon Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru Les Narbantons 2018

    £47.95

    “The 2018 Savigny-les-Beaune Les Nanbantons 1er Cru is very refined on the nose, offering slightly darker-shaded fruit than the Les Lavieres, touches of wilted rose petals and just a very slight metallic tincture. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, lightly spiced on the entry, grippy and firm; again, a Savigny that will require some cellaring, but all the constituent parts are in place. Classic, almost old-school Savigny, in the positive sense of the expression. Drinking window: 2024-2040. 91-93 points

    Though I tasted Camus-Bruchon’s wines at the annual Burgfest tasting, I had not visited this producer located on the outskirts of Savigny-lès-Beaune until this year. Winemaker Guillaume Camus is a young and chatty vigneron, his family having made wine in Burgundy since 1734 (sadly not available for tasting, though he did crack open a couple of older bottles.) He explained how he farms nine hectares of vines that are tended lutte raisonée and organic, predominantly Pinot Noir. “I have a relaxed approach to the vineyard husbandry,” Camus explained. “I harvest entirely by hand, commencing the picking at 7.30am for the 2019 vintage. I used 30% whole bunches across the range and conducted a cold maceration for one week, using indigenous yeasts during the two to four week vatting. All the wines are matured in 20-25% new oak for 12 months. The 2018s were bottled in mid-December.” The splendid 2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Lavières and Aux Gravains, not to mention the Pommard Clos les Arvelets, attest Guillaume Camus as being a winemaker who knows his way around a vineyard. I was impressed by what I tasted throughout both his bottled 2018s and 2019s. The wines conveyed a sense of classicism and are imbued with personalities respective to their individual terroirs. The Pommard Clos des Arvelets had an irresistible tang of freshly shucked oyster shells and it battled it out with a terroir-driven Savigny-lès-Beaune Aux Gravains for best in show. I look forward to returning.”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (12/20)

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  • Louis Jadot Savigny-Les-Beaune Premier Cru La Dominode 2019

    £39.95

    “Once again one of the highlights of the range, the 2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru La Dominode (Domaine Louis Jadot) wafts from the glass with notes of cassis, plums, dark chocolate, loamy soil and spices. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and layered, it’s elegantly muscular, with fine depth and lively acids. 92-94 points

    Frédéric Barnier has presided over a small but superb vintage at Louis Jadot, and our two tastings together unfolded in comparative tranquility: Barnier isn’t one for smoke or mirrors, and the wines spoke for themselves. Indeed, in terms of overall consistency across the range, I’m inclined to single out 2019 as the most successful I’ve ever tasted at this address. That’s an especially impressive feat in a year when ripening was rapid and, to a significant extent, synchronized. Readers will be familiar with what might be called Jadot’s democratic approach to winemaking: almost all cuvées reviewed here were handled the same way—destemmed reds and whole-cluster pressed whites, with élevage in one-third new barrels, one-third once-used barrels, and one-third twice-used barrels. The house style is present, but it’s consistent across the range, letting distinctions of site shine through. In 2019, plenty of those distinctions are on display. If I had one criticism to make of the Jadot style, it would focus on the rather overtly lactone-driven style of the barrels supplied by their own Tonnellerie Cadus: might this characteristic be toned down? I do think that would represent an improvement, especially in the wines’ youth. But that notwithstanding, and as I concluded last year, this important firm is a credit to contemporary Burgundy. Readers should note that, as this report goes to press, I’m working through an extensive selection of Jadot’s bottled 2018s, so they can expect notes on those to appear in these pages in short order.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (01/21)

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