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Savigny-lès-Beaune


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Savigny-lès Beaune wine is produced in the commune of the same name. At 13.89 square miles, the said village is one of the largest in the Côte d'Or, and produces a significant number of wines. The thriving Savigny-lès-Beaune wine industry turns out around 2 million bottles a year from its 860 acres of quality vineyards.

Savigny-lès-Beaune's 22 Premiers Crus make up 354 acres of vineyards, between 1/3 and 1/2 of the total vineyard acreage. For an appellation this large, it is not surprising that great wines both white and red are produced. But at the Premier Cru level, red wine tends to be much more important than white wine, and at its best has a very well-rounded, substantially complex character and can age well for a solid 10 years.

History

Like many of the "second-wave" Burgundy appellations, Savigny-lès-Beaune was officially recognized as an AOC in 1970. Its history before and since has been not too spectacular, at least in relation to wine. Without much flash or pomp, the appellation has slowly built a reputation as a good-value location for both reds and whites.

Climate and Viticulture

As a large village, Savigny-lès-Beaune has very inconsistent wine in terms of both quality and style. Even among the 22 Premier Cru vineyards, there's substantial variance in quality. The commune itself is located in the north of the Côte de Beaune, slightly southwest of the Corton hill and directly south of Pernand-Vergelesses. It's no coincidence that all these appellations do excellently for red wine: Pinot Noir does better in cooler climates, and the northern end of the Côte de Beaune offers the correct weather conditions.

The best of the Premier Cru vineyards offer a combination of good weather conditions, good slope, and well-concentrated soil, be it limestone, clay, or anything else. A number of white wines made here are lean, due to the cooler climate, but from the quality vineyards that have more friendly weather conditions and hill slope, Chardonnay can be excellent.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

One of the good things about this appellation is that a number of producers are generally trustable. There are several "boutique" producers here, a prime example being Leroy, but due to their expense and lack of availability they are not included on the following list of a dozen major producers of red Savigny wine. The cuvées of all the producers in the below list are discussed in the subregions section. Also, Boillot is counted here as one domaine, but is actually made up of several slightly different ones; these are clarified below.

As for white wine, Boillot and Jadot produce special cuvées from their red Premier Cru vineyards which are often great value. But there is only one truly devoted domaine for white wine here.

Subregions

There are no Grands Crus in Savigny-lès-Beaune. Most lieux-dits are individual to the producers, and can be a poor indicator of quality. As a result, the sole quality distinction in Savigny-lès-Beaune, besides producers, must be the Premier Cru system. A list of the 22 designated climats in the village follows.