Savigny Lès Beaune, Les Narbantons, 1er Cru, 2011

  Maison Leroy

Contains Sulphites.

About Maison Leroy

One of the great Domaines in Burgundy, if not the greatest. Centred above immaculate cellars in Vosne-Romanée, the vineyards are run on strict bio-dynamic lines with yields regularly being 18 to 20 hl/ha – about one third of the average Burgundian production. Lalou Bize Leroy and her team are some of the most proactive and astute in the Côte d’Or – never taking anything for granted. The Leroy ‘Collection’ is the result of some thousands of samples of grape must and wine tasted by Lalou and her team. Cellared and bottled in Auxey-Duresses until ready to drink, they offer some of Burgundy’s finest mature drinking.

Appellation: Savigny-Les-Beaune

A town just north west of Beaune, as lès (Old French for near) implies, with its own appellation for red wine and a small amounts of white. The reds are fruity, approachable and at their best can rival those of Beaune itself, but don't usually quite have the intensity or complexity of a good Pommard or Volnay, communes that aremore prominently sited on the limestone escarpment of the Côte de Beaune.

The village is divided by a river. Vineyards on the southern side, including premiers crus Les Peuillets, Les Narbantons, Les Rouvrettes, and Les Marconnets, are on sandy soil and produce wines similar in style to those of Beaune. Those on the other side, towards Pernand-Vergelesses, including Les Lavières and Les Vergelesses, are on stonier soil and produce more sturctured and mineral wines.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.