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Domaine de Serrigny – Savigny-lès-Beaune

DSC07240Tasted in Savigny with Francine and Marie-Laure Serrigny, 21 July 2015.

Domaine de Serrigny
4 Rue du Bouteiller
21420 Savigny-lès-Beaune
Tel: +33 3 80 26 11 75
www.domaine-serrigny.fr

You may remember the name of this domaine, I included their wine in my 2014 blind tasting of Savigny Dominodes – and that wine turned in a great performance too. Today was a chance to get a better view of the domaine.

This unassuming 7 hectare family domaine, has been run by sisters, Francine and Marie-Laure Serrigny, since 1995 – so it’s just reached its 20th birthday under them. The sister’s are the fourth generation to care for the family vines; whilst their father inherited the domaine from their grandfather, wine wasn’t his main occupation, so much of the produce was sold as grapes – the sisters have, step by step, increased their own commercialisation in bottle, such that since 2007 they have bottled everything themselves.

The domaine produces a little more red than white wine, with vines mainly sited in Pernand and Savigny, including just a hint of Corton-Charlemange plus further afield some Hautes Côtes de Nuits from Corgoloin.

Francine notes that ”We’re not interventionist, so there are no yeast powders here, just us and the vines. We harvest manually, packing the grapes into 13kg cases before making our triage back at the domaine. Stems? That depends on the year, normally we destem, but not in 2006 – as didn’t have a destemmer! Still, I like to do some stems, but it really depends on the stems of that year. Normally we do a long-ish elevage – all in wood, even for our aligote – the 2013s were just bottled in April. We don’t rack during that time, only when it’s time to bottle.”

Visitors are main sales outlet for this domaine, so the largest part of sales are denominated to France and Belgium, though they are also starting to work with Canada and UK.

The wines…

DIAM here for the aligoté, Bourgogne and Hautes Côtes – ”More of a test, actually, but no problems so far and aesthetically it’s good.”

2013 Bourgogne Aligoté
These are the oldest vines of domaine at over 90 years-old, though they delivered just 17 hl/ha, but sentimentally they remain as they were planted by the sisters’ great grandfather. Fermentation is in tank followed by aging in 2 to 5 year-old barrels.
Deep, forward, faintly spicy. Concentrated, mouth-filling, a little more ‘tendu’ versus most vintages as Savigny was 80% hailed in 13. Super finishing. Lovely lift and width in the finish. Great aligoté…

2013 Bourgogne Blanc
From les Perrières, the youngest vines of the domaine – 50 years old!
Higher top notes and some depth too but less encompassing than the aligote. A little more intense, if less concentrated. Nicely tangy in the finish with good hooks of flavour.

2013 Côte de Nuits Villages
Vines behind the ‘Rocomat’. Made here since 2011, and also bottled in April.
Deep, dark, inviting fruit. A nice width on the palate, seemingly hardly any tannin – very silky texture – lovely mid-palate fruit too. This is excellent!

2013 Pernand-Vergelesses
From just a single parcel behind the Le Charlemagne restaurant – heavy soil with some springs.
More ephemeral, pretty red fruit notes in the mix. A lovely width with comfortable texture – just a little growth in the weight of texture before the mid-palate – here there’s density of flavour, modestly dark red fruited. A fine extra lift of flavour in the finish. This has a slightly more austere finish, but emphasis on slightly. Super-flavourful wine. Yum.

Since 2011 there are two cuvees of Savigny: three parcels usually stand out for both their ripeness and how small the grapes are, so these are blended.

2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune
An amazing 20 parcels are blended here.
Beautiful red fruits, indeed really inviting red fruits. A little more direct flavour than the Pernand but with fine mouth-watering fruit. Just a hint of extra structure to hang that flavour on, long finishing too, more length for sure, . A wine that can (very) easily be drunk now, but will be even better in a year!

2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune Serrignyssime
The three parcels.
Wider, faintly spiced, narrower depth, yet deep – a little tight maybe – a little more serious than the previous. More direct, more intense, still with a growth to that intensity, more of a peak of flavour too – super length, really. Very, very good but wait at least 18 months…

2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Dominode
A hint tight. Silky top notes, red top notes, but all else is guarded. In the mouth, here is another level of complexity, if not outright intensity. Good balance, very good energy and a really excellent peak of complex flavour. Super wine. A modestly intense but long finish.

2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Peuillets
From 2 parcels.
Also a tight aroma but more open than the Dominode – with very fine and focused top notes. More vibrant more intense – really a mouth-full of wine here. More forward and bigger than the Dominode, but more primary too – there’s no more complexity in the Domiode, but here there’s more minerality too.

2012 Savigny-lès-Beaune Serrignyssime
Deep, some complexity and minerality, gellied dark fruit. Very faint reduction, but layers of fresh, mineral flavour. Really concentrated in the mid-palate modestly structured. Super!

2012 Savigny-lès-Beaune Dominode
A complex mix of minerals and deep medium-red fruit. Maybe a suggestion of gas, but here is a wine that fills the mouth; complex flavours of both weight and authority. Super wine, super-fruited length. Finishing with a hint of tannic texture – just lovely.

2012 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Peuillets
More weight and depth of aroma but less obvious complexity – there’s 30% whole cluster here – slowly adding weight to the fine mid-red fruit. More mineral again, but concentrated and a little round. Lovely mouth-watering flavour in the mid-palate, sliding into the finish. This is also excellent. Less immediacy than the Dominode but a bigger wine.

2011 Savigny-lès-Beaune Serrignyssime
Round and inviting red fruit nose. – no pyrazines. A little tannic texture but a weight of very good flavour, round, sweet fruit, lovely finishing. I would say ready to drink and a tasty drink at that…

2011 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Dominode
Wide, very good complex nose – this is lovely. In the mouth this is complex and interesting, just a hint of minerality and a growing complexity. This has a faint dry drag to the texture, but that’s being very picky. Very drinkable wine – yum! Lovely finish.

2011 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Peuillets
A little warmth and depth to this nose, the weight below is implied to start with – a little more high-toned. This fills the mouth well, again a little tannic texture with waves of pretty flavour – less focused than the previous wines, but delicious none-the-less. A very good, with a tasty, quite long finish too. Yum