The best of Tollot Beaut's Savignys in our view. Small intense red berry and currant fruits, hints of dark chocolate and vanilla, refined, but lively and with a bit of crunch to and structure too. A monopole of the Tollot Beaut's that sits east of laviere. The vines are 60 years old and are planted on slightly deeper limestone /clay soils than those of laviere.
Tollot-Beaut were among the group of pioneering Burgundians who started producing and bottling their own wines in the early part of the 20th Century. As rich in tradition as this Domaine is, under Nathalie Tollot, no-one rests on their laurels and a premium is placed on quality. Money is spent on new oak every year to ensure a good stock of healthy barrels which provide the perfect resting place for their magnificent wines. However, it is the vineyard where most of the investment goes on. They employ twice as many people per hectare than any of their neighbours to restrict the vigour of the vines and therefore increase the chances of ripe concentrated grapes being produced every year. The wines remain respectful to their origins while sharing characteristic spicy, toasty and cherry fruit flavours.
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.