Girard Savigny-les-Beaune 2014

Jean-Jacques Girard, AOC Savigny-lès-Beaune, Cote d’OR, Burgundy, France, 2014

On Savigny-les-Beaune
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 [1]. 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.


  1. Coates, C. (2008). The Wines of Burgundy. University of California Press.
  2. Hanson, A. (2003). Burgundy. Mitchell Beazley.
  3. Lichine, A. (1979). Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France. Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

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