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1996 Savigny Peuillets Domaine Girard Vollot

1996 Savigny Peuillets Domaine Girard Vollot

Red | Drink now | Girard-Vollot | Code:  905947 | 1996 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Beaune > Savigny-Les-Beaune | Pinot Noir | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol

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The Producer

Girard-Vollot

Girard-Vollot

Founded in 1529 by Jean Girard, this is one of Savigny's oldest domaines. Nowadays the domaine is run by Georges Girard and his son, Philippe.

The domaine has 15 hectares of vines in Savigny, Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe Corton. Grapes are only partially de-stemmed and then undergo a relatively short cuvaison of around 12-13 days in cement vats. The wines then spend between 12-18 months in oak casks before being given a light filtration prior to bottling.

These wines are very well made and can reward keeping for up to 10 years.

The Grape

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.

The Region

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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