SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE
2012 1er Cru Fourneaux Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Village||Savigny les Beaune|
This has about 30% whole bunch. It's a much more mineral soil than Nico's Fourneaux, much more structured and satisfying. Tensile strength and length. L&S (Dec 2013)
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While moderate reduction does hide the fruit the floral aromas from the stems are very much in evidence. There is excellent intensity and ample richness to the mouth coating medium weight flavors that are not quite as compact and powerful as those of the Volnay or Pommard villages wines. Still, this is hardly a shrinking violet and possesses slightly better overall depth. 2020+ Rating: 90-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2014)
Good full red. Deep aroma of raspberry. Firmly structured, rocky wine with noteworthy density and penetrating acidity to the crushed berry and licorice flavors. Finishes broad and long. This rather thick wine will need a good five or six years of cellaring. Rating: 90-92 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2014)
The 2012 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Fournaux includes 30% whole cluster fruit (which was included in my barrel sample.) The malo-lactics were not finished, so the aromatics were too primal to assess, although the palate is very smooth and voluptuous in the mouth with quite precocious dark cherries and blueberry fruit lining the generous finish. This will be very seductive once in bottle. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2014)
This just finished the MLF before the harvest. Nicolas will leave it in barrel. This is bright; zesty and juicy; he says he learnt from last year and decided on no whole clusters this year; Plenty of red fruit with a bright thread through the wine; quite tight tannins, which is good, and fresh on the finish. Much more appealing. Rating: 16.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Dec 2013)
Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
Nicolas Rossignol is a new superstar in the village of Volnay, making deeply coloured flavourful wines from his own vines and from the fruit of the family vineyard, where the wines were in the past labelled 'Rossignol-Jeanniard'. He has now agreed with his family that he buys all the fruit, and so the wines are now labelled very similarly, either with or without the word 'domaine'.
Since these are all vineyards under his sole control thoughout the year, it really does not make any difference which is which. The character of each site shows through all the wines, but perhaps especially in the beautifully balanced Volnays, which incline to a very bright, transparent, incisive style. Sadly 2012, 2013 and now 2014 have all been hit hard by hail, so these wines are getting a bit rare - the volumes have been catastrophically down.
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