2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune, Les Lavières, 1er Cru, Domaine Tawse, Burgundy

2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune, Les Lavières, 1er Cru, Domaine Tawse, Burgundy

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2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune, Les Lavières, 1er Cru, Domaine Tawse, Burgundy

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Lavières refers to the flat, limestone slabs (known as “laves”) which sit just under the topsoil of the vineyard, and which are also found in Les Epenots in Pommard and Cherbaudes in Gevrey. Some of the vines here are 80 years old, and Mark believes the deep roots’ ability to draw water from deep in the soil helped to sustain the vines through the warm, dry summer. Spicy red cherry and floral touches abound on the perfumed nose, while the palate is packed with bright red berry fruit and finishes on a gorgeous, layered, chalky, tannic note. Drink 2022-2027.

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous89-91
The 2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Lavières 1er Cru includes 30% whole bunch and 20% new oak. It has an intense blueberry and blackberry bouquet that needs a little more minerality and terroir expression. The medium-bodied palate displays good balance, delivering crisp tannins and a fine bead of acidity; here the terroir is expressed more clearly. This comes to an attractive peppery finish. Fine.
Neal Martin, Vinous
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Domaine Tawse

Domaine Tawse

Our relationship with Domaine Tawse goes back to the days of Domaine Maume, which was purchased in 2012 by Canadian Moray Tawse.

The domaine is today run by Englishman Mark Fincham. A thoughtful and articulate winemaker, Mark can be relied upon for an original take on the vintage, and on the state of vinous play in Burgundy generally. Mark farms the estate biodynamically.

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Savigny-lès-Beaune is situated within France’s larger Burgundy wine region, celebrated for its intricate terroir-driven winemaking traditions. The village lies just north of the town of Beaune and is known for producing red and white wines, although red wines dominate in quantity.

The reds are primarily made from Pinot Noir grapes, which thrive in the region’s limestone and clay-rich soils. These wines often balance ripe fruit flavours like red cherries and raspberries, earthy forest floor notes, and a refined structure of moderate tannins and vibrant acidity.

The whites from Chardonnay grapes display a refreshing acidity and diverse flavours, from zesty citrus and green apple to more complex hints of hazelnuts, white flowers, and mineral nuances.

Due to its hilly landscape, Savigny-lès-Beaune benefits from a mosaic of microclimates and various soil types, allowing for subtle variations in the wines produced across its multiple vineyards or “climats.” These climatic and soil distinctions contribute to the unique character of each wine, emphasizing the concept of terroir – the idea that a wine’s flavour and personality are intricately tied to its specific place of origin.

The winemakers in Savigny-lès-Beaune are deeply committed to traditional winemaking methods, paying meticulous attention to detail during vineyard management and the winemaking process. Hand-harvesting, careful sorting of grapes, and gentle extraction methods are standard practices, ensuring that the wines reflect the essence of the terroir while maintaining a sense of finesse and elegance.

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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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