SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE
2013 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Village||Savigny les Beaune|
This cuvée has all the Lavières and Fourneaux combined. Super rich fruit nose, plump and juicy, and terrific wine for a village, with really expressive fruit. Drinking range: 2016 - L&S (Nov 2014)
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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.
(two-thirds of the blend is from the 1er vineyards of Lavières and Fourneaux with the remainder from the villages portion of Fourneaux). This is also quite earthy and brooding with a noticeably floral character to the array of various dark berry fruit aromas. There is excellent density to the serious and robust medium weight flavors that do evidence a hint of dryness but this, in its fashion, is offset by the superb depth and length, indeed it is rare to find this kind of depth in a villages level Savigny even if it’s clear why. Worth considering even if the balance is not perfect. 2020+ Rating: 88-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2015)
(two-thirds Fourneux and one-third Lavières): Dark red. Slightly roasted aromas of dark fruits and leather. Fat, rich and sweet if a bit rustic, showing good weight to its flavors of redcurrant, iron and leather. Finishes with a salty element, a repeating leathery nuance and slightly autumnal tannins. Drinking range: 2017 - 2022 Rating: 86-88 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Jan 2015)
The 2013 Savigny-les-Beaune Village is actually a blend of all Nicolas Rossignol’s vineyards, both premier and village cru. It has a focused bouquet with floral black fruits and a touch of seaweed – quite complex and engaging already. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannins, a brisk line of acidity and a grippy and quite masculine finish. I think blending everything together was a good move. Drinking range: 2016 - 2022 Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2014)
Somewhat sweet and ripe fruit aroma. Fullish and rounded with 2/3 premier cru and the remainder village. The yields were so small here, all has gone into village. Quite a grippy palate; slightly dry tannins; lots of ripe fruit mid palate, though slightly baked red fruit. Nicolas used no stems, “they were dry..harsh stems. I could not find any whole cluster I liked..always a part of the bunch I didn’t like. You have to be able to use the whole bunch and not cut out anything.” Rating: 14.85 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2014)
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