Savigny-les-Beaune Aux Guettes

Premier Cru
Savigny-les-Beaune Aux Guettes

Grape Variety :

Pinot Noir


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.
Pruning: Guyot.
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".


As every year we sorted the grapes at once to select the most beautiful bunches that were to be kept in whole clusters and to remove berries that could present a lack of maturity. The sanitary state was very satisfactory with almost no rot. Very quickly at the beginning of the fermentations the colours were released and gradually the varietal character of Pinot Noir was expressed. We favoured this aromatic expression to look for balanced wines without too much power. The tannins are nicely melted, the acidity levels from normal to low. The fermentations and macerations lasted about 3 weeks. In the course of the winter, the malolactic fermentations were triggered and proceeded sometimes rather quickly. The Côte de Beaune has very nice wines with a good concentration.


Temperature: 16°C (61-62°F).
Cellaring: 3 to 15 years.