As an appellation, Savigny-lès-Beaune is unique in Burgundy. Straddling either side of a shallow valley, with  the River Rhoin meandering through the middle, you have two contrasting aspects—predominately south/south-west facing on the eastern bank and east/south-east facing on the western side. Add to this the west facing vineyards high up the slope above the village, and one could argue that Savigny-lès-Beaune is the most diverse appellation along the Côte-d’Or. Perhaps this is reflected in that Savigny-lès-Beaune has the largest number of Premier Cru vineyards in the Côte-d’Or, totalling 22 separate lieu-dits.

With terre blanche above the village, sandy, iron rich Beaunesque soils blending into a deep limestone scree on the western flank and shallow, limestoney red marl on the east, you add another layer of complexity to these very different terroirs.

As you could imagine, such diversity leads to a very wide variety of wine styles, something that I feel is not commonly known. Savigny-lès-Beaune is oft tarred with the image of pleasant, giving wines veering into sauvage character in some winemakers hands. While this can be true, it doesn’t consider the dense, tannic, hard-edged wines one may find from the western slope or the earthy, elegant, red-to-blue fruits of the east nor the minerally wines above the village. You could spend a lifetime exploring the different layers to Savigny-lès-Beaune—I guess that is a big reason why I fell in love it.

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