Jean-Jacques Girard, AOC Savigny-lès-Beaune, Cote d’OR, Burgundy, France, 2014
Savigny-lès-Beaune is surrounded by Pernand-Vergellesses to the north, Beaune to the south, and Chorey-lès-Beaune and Aloxe-Corton to the east. The lès in the appellation name means by or near to, both reds and whites are produced. The vineyard orientation runs north-east through east to south facing, so there is a range of ripeness and weight. There are 22 premier crus, with about twice as much vineyard producing village wine . The general opinion, as far as reds go, seems to be of middling quality, and keeping [2, 3].
This wine: lot No. L.3mill, varietal pinot noir, aged in small French oak barrels, 10% new, for 15 months, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, widely available, ~£22 (02/17)
Consumer tasting note: the pale intensity is a give away for pinot noir, with aromas of red cherry and spicy red plum, black cherry and liquorice, and low-key creamy sweet vanilla; medium bodied, lightly fresh, with flavours of red berries, lightly savoury, with a touch of black berry. Finishes medium. Decant for 30-60 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of ever so slightly high-toned ripe red cherry, edged with a hint of almond, whiffs of sweet vanilla, creamy in a lactic sense spicy red plum, savoury, hint of black cherry, beeswax, sweet oak, hint of black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of ripe red currant, cranberry, savoury, beeswax, hint of black berry. A medium length with a clean lightly savoury red berry finish.
Quality: good, well-balanced fresh acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol; decent intensity throughout, slightly lesser concentration; showing moderate complexity, with evidence of time in wood and bottle, with notes of vanilla and spice, and beeswax and almond respectively. Finishes medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 1-3 years – a sound balance, but generally lacking the traits to warrant cellar space.
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- Lichine, A. (1979). Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France. Weidenfeld and Nicolson.