Benjamin Leroux Savigny-lès-Beaune 2016

$91.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

After none was made in 2013 (thanks to hail!) it's great to have this cuvée back. As per his Puligny cuvée, Leroux's aim here is to craft a wine that reflects both the commune and the vintage overall. To this end he sources fruit from a range of exposures and soil types that run from north to south; Les Peuillets and Hauts Jarrons 1er Cru in the south of the village, Ez Connardises in the heart of the village and Aux Forneaux (villages) in the north. Citing low yields and nigh-perfect fruit, Leroux told us his 2016 Savigny wines are the best he's produced so far, from the finest vintage in Savigny he has seen so far. The 2016 is made from fully de-stemmed fruit with no new wood used in the élevage.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Savigny Les Beaune
Brand Benjamin Leroux
Vintage 2016

Wines from Burgundy

A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide. In the Jurassic time period, the area was part of a vast, tropical sea. Over hundreds of millions of years, the seabed transformed into various layers of limestone, sandstone and clay soils that have entrapped the fossils of ancient sea creatures. These soils are the secret behind the zesty minerality that Burgundy wines are famous for.

Burgundy is probably the most terroir-centric wine region in France. Huge emphasis is placed on the specific vineyard, soil type, elevation, and angle of slope where the wines were made. This is reflected on the wine's labels where appellations are more prominently displayed compared to the producers’ names.

The most prestigious wines of the region come from a long and narrow escarpment called the Côte d'Or split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. Côte de Nuits produces many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir’s, all but one of Burgundy’s red Grand Crus are made in this area. Whilst interestingly, the opposite is true for the Côte de Beaune where all but one of the Chardonnay Grand Crus are made. From this information it may seem you should be buying a Pinot from the North and Chardonnay from the south, that is only true for the pinnacle of Burgundian wines. Both outstanding reds and whites are produced throughout the Côte d'Or.

In Burgundy, they use a wine quality tier system that goes:
Grand Crus 1.4% of total production
Premier (1er) Crus 10.2% of total production
Appellations Villages 37.3% of total production
Appellations Regionales 51.1% of total production

When one refers to “Burgundy wines” they are usually talking about those produced in and around the Côte d'Or. While the Chardonnay’s from Chablis and the Gamay’s from Beaujolais are formally apart of the Burgundy wine region, those subregions are generally referred to by their own names rather than being considered “Burgundy wines”.

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Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – The 2016 Savigny-lès-Beaune Village was affected by frost and was reduced to six barrels instead of the usual 30 to 35. The premier cru Aux Jarrons was reduced from 12 to three barrels and therefore the two were blended together to make this single Savigny cuvée. It has a well-defined, black cherry and raspberry preserve-scented bouquet tinged with sous bois and undergrowth scents. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin, perfectly judged acidity, bright red and blue fruit with great precision toward the finish. Superb. Forget the modest status indicated on the label because there is a serious wine here.

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