2014 Vincent Girardin Savigny-Les-Beaune Les Vieilles Vignes Blanc

Year: 2014
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$32.95

YET ANOTHER STUNNING BARGAIN!!

IMPRESSIVE “OLD VINE” WHITE SAVIGNY BURGUNDY FOR A REAL BARGAIN OF $32.95 2014 SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE, “LES VIEILLES VIGNES” – Btld. VINCENT GIRARDIN

The Cote d’Beaune Burgundy commune of Savigny-les-Beaune directly adjoins the town of Beaune and is only a short distance from Meursault of which its wines are somewhat similar. The designation “Les Vieilles Vignes,” means that the harvested vines (all Chardonnay in this instance) receive the designation of “old vine”, meaning they are usually 50 to sometimes over 100 years old. Such vines are known for producing richer then usual wines and with a depth of flavor, often caused by the fact that the yield of such vines is less then that of younger vines adding to the wines ability to give a more concentrated flavor.

What surprised me when first trying this wine was that it had a depth of flavor and charm I was not expecting from a community level non-vineyard designated Burgundy; especially one selling for under $50.00. One finds in this 2014 oodles of ripe crisp Chardonnay flavors or peaches, pears, apples, lemon peels, and yellow plums. The wine also illustrates what a fine wine maker Vincent Girardin can be and how he has improved during the last several years in particular.

At three years of age the wine in perfect now and should keep well for another four or five years.

RATING: 92+

PRICE: $32.95, *** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard:
The village of Savigny-les-Beaune is located in the Côte de Beaune, a few kilometres north of the village of Beaune. The wine area of Savigny-les-Beaune is one of the oldest of Burgundy and a lot of parcels belonged to the Dukes of Burgundy and to the Abbeys of Citeaux and Maizières. We found the name of Saviniacus for the first time in 936 and after Saviniaco in the XII th century. The name dates back to the Roman times. In this area, a man called Sabinius owned a large agricultural property (fundus) called Sabiniacus (the estate of Sabinius).The surface of the appellation village Savigny-les-Beaune is 210 hectares.

Soils:
Chalky soil with stones and gravels. Exposure east, southeast from 220 m to 360 m.

Varietal:
Pinot Noir. Guyot pruning with different seasonal processes in the vineyard (pruning, trellising on wires/tying-in, thinning fruit-bunches). The vines are 50 years old.

Surface area:
3.5 hectares with yield of 45 hl/ha.

Winemaking:
The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted out twice (when picking the grapes and on the sorting table). Then the grapes are put in steal tank for the alcoholic fermentation only with pumping over without punching down. After the alcoholic fermentation, a vertical pressing is done followed by a settling of the juice. Then the wine is put in French oak barrels of 228 liters for 15 % new barrels. The malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels and the wine is aged 14 months, then bottled without fining or filtration.

Tasting notes:
A wine with plenty of fruit with well integrated structure. This full round wine is very long and charming.

To serve with:
Starters, pâtés, pork, white and red meat.

Temperature of service:
Like all Burgundy wines of this quality, the wine should be served at a temperature of 14-16 °C.