Savigny-lès-Beaune rouge 2010
Hautes Côtes de Beaune rouge 2010
Vintage 2010 was more challenging for the vigneron than the near perfect 2009 vintage, with a long cold winter and typically variable summer. However, with autumn came the north winds which helped dry the grapes and provide the cool nights which help impart freshness and elegance to the grapes. Yields were very low, but this helped produce concentrated juice and thus wines which are lovely, easy going and rather succulent.
Your Savigny-lès-Beaune rouge 2010 comes from a large, south-facing vineyard area just to the south of the famous hill of Corton – an iconic landmark in the geological sense. The wines are somewhere in between Volnay and Beaune in style, perhaps a touch more rustic, but always reasonable value.
The 2010 is quite brooding, smoky and mineral on the nose. In the mouth it is fresh and juicy with bright strawberry and raspberry fruits, supple, elegant tannins and delicious creamy texture. Classic burgundy in fact! An excellent wine at table, try this with game pie, venison or fillet of beef en croute.
Your Hautes Côtes de Beaune rouge 2010 is grown on higher ground and tends to be a touch lighter than the Savigny-lès-Beaune. It offers an excellent introduction to the delights of Pinot Noir from Burgundy and remains excellent value.
Your 2010 vintage is light ruby in colour with red fruits and underbrush on the nose. The palate is well balanced with fresh acidity and supple, juicy, well integrated tannins. There is red cherry as well as raspberry fruit supported by lightly toasty oak in the finish.
With good expression of bright fruit and juicy texture, this is a very versatile food wine and will complement classic Burgundy cooking such as boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin as well as spaghetti bolognese and even blue fin tuna steaks.