2011 Savigny-lès-Beaune, Les Planchots, Domaine Guyon, Burgundy

2011 Savigny-lès-Beaune, Les Planchots, Domaine Guyon, Burgundy

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2011 Savigny-lès-Beaune, Les Planchots, Domaine Guyon, Burgundy

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Based in Vosne-Romanée, Jean-Pierre Guyon is one of the star growers of Burgundy, producing wonderful wines across his range, from simple Bourgogne to complex and powerful Clos de Vougeot. While his top Grands Crus fetch high prices, he also lavishes as much care on his less fashionable appellations such as this Savigny-lès-Beaune. The vineyards have been farmed organically since 2006 and Jean-Pierre knows his vines inside out, spending long days in the vineyards ensuring he gets perfectly ripe fruit. 2011 is a vintage which is drinking beautifully now. Les Planchots is a well-drained vineyard situated on sandy, gravel soils which give the wine a fine, delicate tannic structure. The 2011 is delightfully pale in colour, with a beguiling nose of crushed wild strawberries and a touch of sous-bois. With air the wine unfurls in the glass, gaining in freshness and energy; for this reason, Jean-Pierre recommends decanting all of his wines to allow them to open up and fully express themselves. The palate is delightfully energetic, with delicate red berry fruit and a touch of mushroom and sweet spice. Perfectly mature, this is the perfect partner to poultry, feathered game and hard cheeses. Drink now to 2023.

Adam Bruntlett, Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Oct 2021)

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Domaine Guyon

Domaine Guyon

The excellent Domaine Guyon in Vosne Romanée has been below most people’s radar – perhaps because Jean-Pierre Guyon spends as much of his time as possible out in the vineyards, which have been farmed organically since 2006, certified from 2012.  This is a hugely exciting addition to the Berry Bros. & Rudd range, the wines wowed Jasper Morris MW when he first discovered them.  The wines are extraordinarily good, yet are priced very sensibly indeed, a winning combination.

With his high pedigree viticulture as a great starting point, Jean-Pierre can employ whole bunch fermentation as the stalks are ripe, eschewing the use of sulphur at this stage (though some is added later during elevage and at bottling to assure stability). Another point of Guyon’s meticulous care is the use of a vertical press before the juice goes to barrel for 12 months, before racking into older wood for a final six months maturation.

This range of wines is hugely impressive, from the simple Bourgogne Rouge up to the Grand Crus. Finding high quality Vosne Romanée at this pricing level is a rare thing indeed.

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Savigny-Les-Beaune

Savigny-Les-Beaune

The wines of Savigny are often as good as those of Beaune itself, a local motto describing them as ‘Théologiques, Nourissants et Morbifuges’. They are usually good to drink at three to five years old. A small amount of white wine is also made.

  • 239 hectares of village Savigny-lès-Beaune.
  • 144 hectares of premier cru vineyards (22 in all). Best vineyards include Les Lavières, La Dominode, Les Vergelesses
  • Recommended Producers: Bize, Pavelot
  • Recommended Restaurant : Le Vieux Moulin (at Bouilland, beyond Savigny. * Michelin)

 

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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