Savigny-Les-Beaune, Les Bas Liards


The village of Savigny-Lès Beaune lies either side of the diminutive river Rhoin and Les Bas Liards  is among the lieux-dits in the middle of the village. They have a higher reputation than those lying out on the plain. The soil is lighter and more sandy than one might expect. Neighbouring Grands Liards has a heavier soil and makes more robust wines, while the siltier, well drained soils of Bas Lairds make a light and charming style which aspires towards the refined premier cru of Lavières above it on the slope.

In the Winery

The fruit comes from a certified organic vineyard. My idea was to focus on the ripe red cherry fruit with just a bit of crunch, so I de-stemmed 100%. It had a coolish soak at round 14 degrees for 5 days or so with a light remontage, just half the tank. It was warmed a little to encourage the natural yeast and I started with light pigeage, using my feet in the tank, just gently pushing the grapes down. It had five pigeage in total. After 14 days it seemed in the right place so I let it settle for 2 days and then pressed. It was matured in older Francois Frères barriques. It was bottled in November the following year without filtration. I shared the production so have just one barrel.

Style and When to Drink

A village Savigny is an accessible, charming wine with red fruit and light tannins. A wine of uncomplicated pleasure.

When to drink: Hot of the press really. There should be no need to wait. Drink over 3 to 4 years to appreciate the fruit, which is what it’s all about.

Vintages Made 

2017 is a forward, fruity vintage. The wine has an expressive aroma of ripe summer fruits. Supple, lightly rounded style with softly flowing tannins. Ripe cherry fruits on the palate with an appetising note of cherry kernel, giving it a little lift at the end. Available Now.

Press comments

Neil Beckett (Editor The World of Fine Wine): “Lovely pale ruby, with a natural lustre and youthful violet rim. Although recently bottled, this has a beautiful, enchanting, naturally expressive nose, so effortlessly ingratiating that you seem to breathe in rather than smell its seductive scent: perfectly balanced and pure, at once freshly ripe and sapid, an amalgam of black and red fruit, the elegant red liquorice taking you back to the roots. Effortless and silky on entry—a gorgeous texture: the wine having had nothing forced on it, forces nothing back. The balanced acidity gives great freshness at the heart of the wine—an accurate expression of this beneficially cool, low-lying lieu-dit between the premiers crus on either side of the River Rhoin—but it is cushioned by the fruit and seamlessly wrapped by the supple tannins, so fine-grained as to become almost powdery on the finish, while remaining succulent throughout. There is deceptive length to the graceful, gently lingering finish, and a gratifying sense of both authenticity and style: a très haut Bas Liards.”

Steven Spurrier MW (Decanter/SOMM Magazine): “For me Savigny along with the even more open Santenay is the most attactive, easy of access, of the Cote de Beaune appellations, and always seems to offer something more than is expected.  This lieu-dit has both depth and character with a lift of fruit that adds elegance, a three to seven year wine.”

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