Savigny-les-Beaune Aux GuettesPremier Cru
Grape Variety :
Site: a pretty village tucked away in a small valley north of Beaune.
The Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru Aux Guettes is located east of the village, on the steepening slope.
History & tradition: the Gallo-Roman village was called Sabinius and played an important role in the history of viticulture. The monks of Cîteaux owned vineyards in this region.
The name "Aux Guettes" derives from its high position which used to constitute an excellent lookout post.
Soil: a complex mixture of limestone pebbles, red or yellow clay and other small stones.
Plantation density: 10,000 vinestocks/ha in order to extract as much as possible from the terroir and limit the production of each vine stock.
Yield: 44 hl/ha - purposely low, in order for the grapes to reveal every nuance of the terroir.
Grape Supply: grapes and must provided by regular supply partners.
- Maceration and vinification take 2 to 3 weeks.
- Indigenous yeasts.
- Maceration and fermentation temperatures under total control.
Joseph Drouhin seeks total control of the process of extraction; extraction gives colour and substance but should never be detrimental to the finesse and typical character of the wine.
Type: in barrels (10% in new oak).
Length: 12 to 15 months.
Origin of the wood: French oak forests.
Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the contributing elements to the elegance of the wine .
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation, barrel by barrel. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"Delicate wine, slightly tannic, feminine and elegant. Finesse and subtlety are enhanced by an explosion of red fruit aromas. The nose reveals tinges of spice and violet, typical of this terroir, mingled with wild blackberry".
The wines display bright red shades. They are charming and full. The Grands Crus can be kept over 10 years. They are similar to 2011 wines with a little more concentration.
Temperature: 16°C (61-62°F).
Cellaring: 3 to 15 years.