Savigny-les-Beaune Serpentières

Premier Cru
Savigny-les-Beaune Serpentières

Grape Variety :

Pinot Noir.

Vineyard

Site: Savigny is a pretty village in a small valley north of Beaune. The vineyard of Les Serpentières has a very good due south exposure.
History & tradition: names were often given to vineyards, early in the Middle Ages, for the fauna or vegetation that could be observed: partridges, oak trees, snakes ("serpents" in French). This is how "Serpentières" received its name and has kept it ever since.
Soil: marl and limestone from the Bathonian age; light soil with a reddish coloration, strewn with sharp stones.

Viticulture

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.
Pruning: Guyot.
Yield: 43 hl/ha - purposely low, in order for the grapes to reveal every nuance of the terroir.
Grape Supply: grapes and wines provided by regular supply partners (long-term contracts).

Vinification

Maceration:
  • 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.
    "Pigeage" (punching down of the cap during fermentation): once a day until half of fermentation is done; one pumping over ("remontage") per day till the end of the fermentation.
    Pressing: vertical press; separation of free run juice from pressed juice.

    Ageing

    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.
    Follow-up: barrel by barrel.

    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

    "The colour of this wine has no equal: its cherry-red hue catches the light in the most seductive fashion. At first, the nose is a stunning display of spices ranging from pepper and nutmeg to touches of paprika and green pepper. The sensations are subtle and never too strong. Other pleasures are to be found on the palate, such as delicate fruity flavours matching a graceful structure, a velvety texture and elegant tannins".

    Vintage

    The wines display bright red shades with a nice evolution over a delicate tannic structure. They are elegant without too much strength.

    Serving

    Temperature: 16°C (61-62°F).
    Cellaring: 5 to 20 years.