Savigny-les-Beaune wine appellations
Savigny-lès-Beaune is a large area (comprising almost 400 hectares) to the north-west of the city of Beaune in the Burgundy wine region of France.
Elegant red wines made from Pinot Noir and delicious white wines made from Chardonnay are found here. The appellation was established on 31st July 1937.
The appellation only covers the commune of Savigny-les-Beaune and lies in a wedge between the N74 and the A6 - although some small areas are found on the south side of the A6.
The main grape varieties are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, however the white wines can also contain Pinot Blanc with no limit set on the percentage used. Red wines must contain Pinot Noir but can contain up to 15% Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and/or Pinot Gris.
If the label displays only the name of the appellation (ie Savigny-lès-Beaune) then it is a village-level wine - this does not mean that it is of lower quality but it probably won't command the higher prices possible for a Premier Cru.
If the words Savigny-lès-Beaune Premier Cru are displayed then the wine is made from grapes grown in more than one of the nominated 'climats' that are designated as Premier Cru. The top level wines from this appellation willl have Savigny-lès-Beaune Premier Cru followed by the name of the climat. Thus, the label might display the words Savigny-lès-Beaune Premier Cru Les Vergelesses (one of the top climats in the area) or Savigny-lès-Beaune Premier Cru Les Marconnets, for example.
The Premier Cru climats are Les Charnières, Les Talmettes, Les Vergelesses, Bataillère, Basses Vergelesses, Aux Fourneaux, Champ Chevrey, Les Lavières, Aux Gravains, Petits Godeaux, Aux Serpentières, Aux Clous, Aux Guettes, Les Rouvrettes, Les Narbantons, Les Peuillets, Les Marconnets, La Dominode, Les Jarrons, Les Hauts Jarrons, Redrescul and Les Hauts Marconnets.
The vines are typically, for Burgundy, close planted with a minimum requirement of 9000 vines per hectare. (To put this in perspective many appellations in the Loire specify 4500 or 5000 vines per hectare.)
Domaine Fanny Sabre
Fanny Sabre is an emerging winemaker to watch. She is only in her mid-twenties but she learned winemaking from Philippe Pacalet when he made the Sabre family wines. She also practices biodynamic viticulture and natural winemaking.
Fanny Sabre makes two wines in the Savigny-les-Beaune appellation. There is a village level white made from 100% Chardonnay and a village level red made from 100% Pinot Noir. Both are utterly delicious!