Very fresh and fine with nicely poised pear and citrus fruit. Dense and nicely structured, with a bit of weight and lovely fruit. 93/100 – Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
The Savigny-lès-Beaune Blanc has a warm, friendly, nose. It might be the “entry level” white, but it has bags of personality
— David Crossley, The Wide World of Wine
A little weight and width of aroma. The classic [Le Grappin] hint of phenolic. Wide and long. Nice stuff
— Bill Nanson, The Burgundy Report
91 Points — Tim Atkins MW
Big and broad. Good honest stuff. 16 Points
— Jancis Robinson MW
Notes from Le Grappin winemaker Andrew Nielsen:
2015 Savigny les Beaune Blanc
From two parcels of Chardonnay above the village of Savigny-lès-Beaune; “Dessus Les Vermots” and “Les Gollardes”, all on a steep slope facing south west with poor, white soils from millenia of erosion and cooled by the air coming down the valley from the Haute-Côtes. All of these attributes, and a lovely Summer, lead to a wine that is ripe and generous in weight while still retaining a core of minerality and drive.
Hand picked, foot crushed in cases and then again in our 90 year old basket press. Pressed over 6 hours without additions of SO2 or enzymes. The juice was oxidised in tank for 24 hours and racked to two 400L barrels with light solids for a fermentation by indigenous yeasts. Aged on full lies , without stirring or racking, for 9 months with a month in tank on light lies for focus and freshness. Unfined, lightly filtered, bottled under DIAM 10.
Grapefruit, pineapple, pear, and white flowers on the nose. The palate is lush, with the signature goût de silex of Savigny-lès-Beaune Blancs, which shows here as a certain weighty/round (but not oily) mouthfeel. Sweet fruits on the palate with a suggestion of anise. There is the customary drive of acidity which balances the weighty texture that finishes in a grippy and zippy note that cleans up the palate and makes you want to take another glass!
4 barrels made
About Le Grappin
“My vision for Le Grappin is to seek out special sites in the over-looked, under-appreciated reaches of Burgundy, that tell a story. I search out viticulteurs as maniacal as me, who tend their vines throughout the year, who know their sites and how best to make the site shine. My job is to ensure the wine reaches it’s true potential, working by hand, with small lots, giving each wine as much care and attention as my viticulteurs have paid to the vines. I believe one finds a sense of detail, purity, and focus in my wines as a result. I hope you enjoy the stories my wines have to tell.” – Andrew Nielsen, Le Grappin
— Jamie Goode (@jamiegoode) January 16, 2015