Benjamin Leroux Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Haut Jarrons 2018
The vines here are owned by one of Leroux’s close friends and sited in the heart of the 1er Cru on the east-facing, Beaune side of Savigny. This is the area from where the most elegant Savigny wines tend to derive—and this vintage is typically in that vein. Like most of the terrain in the Côte d’Or, the soils here are clay/ limestone, but the clay here is light and sandy. There’s more muscle here than in the villages cuvée—as you might expect—but also a great finesse and intense, minerally, earthy flavours. The 2018 was raised with 10% new oak and only a small amount of whole-bunch was used in the blend.
As with Leroux's '18 village Savigny, there is much more depth than we would typically see in this wine, with smoky, red and dark cherry fruit and an intense, ferrous, mineral character running the length of the palate. This must have come on significantly in the maturation as the note below really undersells the quality and value on offer here.
“Entirely destemmed fruit, now racked. Mid red, the wines are never too deep in colour here. Elegance up front, a little more depth behind, sweet red fruit with some mineral tension.” Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Pinot Noir
Country - France
Region - Burgundy
Vintage - 2018
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 14%