Since 1921, at the entrance of the sleepy village of Savigny les Beaune resides this lovely family-owned estate. Following vigneron generations before him, Jean-Michel Maurice studied in Beaune and at the University of Beaune before purchasing pre-Phylloxera vineyards in Hautes Côtes de Beaune, now holding 12.5 hectares. With his wife Yvonne and son Stephen (who studied Pinot Noir winemaking in Australia), they are committed to producing wines true to the intrinsic feminine character of Savigny Les Beaune. The appellation is in a shaded valley that means cooler temperatures, longer hang time, lower brix levels and wines with lower alcohol, more delicacy and elegance in style, yet with acidity for graceful aging. The Prieuré (Abbey) on their label built in 1771 was their winery until building the new one in 1992.
Planted with super-high vine-density of 4,450 plants per acre of either Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, vine competition contributes to low yields of 1-2 tons/acre, forcing the dry-farmed roots deep into the soil for water and nutrients. The family personally manages their vineyards, and since 2000 have used the natural farming practice, “Lutte Raisonnée” (lute-reason- ay), that improves micro-biotic life of the soils, using environmentally- friendly pest control and tilling methods. The clusters hang very low to catch radiant heat off the soil, since the appellation is so cool. The grapes are picked perfectly ripe with low brix, expressing their goal of making lighter, feminine, delicate wines, resisting the 1990s fad of making Bigger Pinot Noir in Burgundy. Their philosophy is to “put more work on the vines and less work in the cellar.”
Grapes are hand sorted by the family (plus a cousin, uncle and Stephen’s winemaker-girlfriend Lucy), the whites are pressed directly after harvest, the reds de-stemmed. Initially cold soaked, native- yeast fermentation starts naturally with gentle punch- downs, then pump-overs as temperatures rise, limiting extraction. Reds age in 10% to 30% new oak, depending on appellation, are racked after 12 months in 3000 Liter wood fudres, and settled in stainless steel vats before Estate Bottling unfined, course-filtered only if necessary.
Crémant de Bourgogne, Brut NV Expected Back in July 12.0% alcohol
Grown in the Cotes de Beaune from Champagne varietals of 60% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir (+ 5% Aligoté). Fermented in neutral vessels, and aged 14 months in tirage before disgorgement, and addition of dosage of 10g/L dosage. Tasting Notes: “Crisp, racy and lively, a nose of flower petals, nutmeg, earth and cider, flavors of white peach and stone fruits, honey, minerals and toasted nuts.” Remarkable at the price. 500 cases.
Savigny Les Beaune Blanc, Chardonnay 2018 13.0% alcohol
From three dry-farmed parcels on a steep 25% slope yielding 1-1.9 tons/acre. The 67-year-old vine fruit is aged 15 months in neutral barrels with no ML fermentation; the rest stainless fermented with cold, slow malo-lactic conversion. No new oak. NEW – Half Bottles 
Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019 12.5% alcohol New Post-Tariff Pricing
40 year-old vines, 2.25 tons/acre from two gravelly parcels, just outside of Savigny. 100% de-stemmed, cold soaked, native yeast fermented in stainless tanks, made with no oak. Tasting notes: “Aromas of fresh strawberries, rose petals, cherries. Forceful yet gentle, with crisp light red fruits.”
Bourgogne – Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, Pinot Noir 2018 12.5% alcohol
New Post-Tariff Pricing
These 38 year old vines are on shallow, rocky soil on a steep 20% slope in the coolest and highest elevation in Savigny (single Vineyard “Les Champons”), with long hang time, yields under 2.25 tons/acre, small and concentrated grapes, and is the last Prieuré parcel picked. 10% new oak.
Savigny Les Beaune, “Moutier Amet” 2017 Pinot Noir 13.0% alcohol
Wines from these 57 year-old vines are highly aromatic, with delicate floral and red fruit notes, well-balanced and persistent floral and red fruit flavors, combining both powerful structure and a rounded, charming elegance. Purchased from Hospice du Beaune a few decades ago, a prized spot across a dirt road from 1er cru vineyards, where grapes have been grown since before the year 1060 when originally classified as a Lieu-dit parcel. 400 cases
Savigny Les Beaune, Les Laviéres 1er Cru 2017 New Post-Tariff Pricing 13.0% alcohol 448 428
Tasting Notes: “Fresh strawberry and raspberry in the nose, filling the mouth with concentrated, expansive and flavor-packed fruit, with bright freshness and no aggressive tannins.” Yields of barely 1 ton/acre, their parcel has 66-year-old Pinot Noir vines. no new oak. 125 cases
Savigny Les Beaune, Les Haut Jarrons 1er Cru 201713.0% alcohol
New Post-Tariff Pricing
Larger scaled and more structured than the 1er Cru Les Lavieres, this expresses more robust fruit, darker color and tends more towards cherry and plum than strawberry and raspberry, delivered on a generous body with velvety textures. Grown on a sloping hillside vineyard, these 68 year old vines produce a tiny yield from the gravel and clay based soil. No new oak, and 20% used French Oak barrels. 250 cases made, only 45 cases imported.
Volnay 2018 New Vintage – Very Limited 13.0% alcohol [6-pack] 336 308
“Spice filled red fruit aromas. Expressive and pure, sweet strawberry fruit, spice, and a kiss of oak. Deliciously round ripe cherry fruit with nice floral and spice accents. Good acidity and cut, long finish.” 39 year old vines, 2+ tons/acre. Aged in 2 year old barrels. Only 5 six-packs for all of California.
Cru Beaujolais “Chénas” 2015 Top Beaujolais Cru 12.5% alcohol
New Post-Tariff Pricing
Not fully retired from winemaking, father Jean-Michel has now introduced “Chénas” to their line. Among the most revered Beaujolais Crus (and rarest in the US), low-fertility soils result in small, thick-skinned, concentrated grapes and age-worthy, sturdier Gamay based wines. 40-year-old, close- planted vines on a granitic, sandy and porous hillside slope overlooking Chénas, “goblet” pruned without wires, aged in neutral oak vats and barrels.
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