Tasted in Savigny (sort-of) with Blair Pethel, the 04 November 2015.
2 Chemin des Planchots
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Blair Pethel’s new winery in Savigny, is progressing; this year it will just be used for his Chablis wines, next year for all the whites – probably!
Blair on 2015 and 2014:
“Savigny Les Vergelesses and Corton-Charlemagne were the worst hit in 2013, but they really bounced back in 2014. I’m loving the wines. The whites are spectacular and the reds are very good. The reds seem like a combination of 2012 and 2008, the whites more like 2007.
“As for the 2015s, I’m very pleased by the quality, but more-so, incredibly happy with amount there is in the cellar!”
Blair on pricing of 2014:
“I will try to keep the same pricing with these 2014s – even with a small margin squeeze. My aim is that if my costs don’t rise, then my prices won’t rise.”
Blair Pethel has produced reds that are linear, direct, intense wines – very impressive. The whites, as usual are simply excellent – though this year I have the impression that I’m tasting earlier down the road of elevage.
The whites were racked in January, to be bottled in March/April. The reds will be racked while the whites are bottling, so late May or early June by the lunar calendar for them to be bottled, following a couple of months in tank to ensure clarity.
No new oak in any of these wines, the red and whites normally 25-30%.
A beautiful, cushioned but brightly sweet nose. Fresh, wide, delicate and complex, just a little mineral. I always covet this wine!
2014 Volnay 1er Pitures
Cliché beautiful Volnay nose – gorgeous. Gassy, a little tannic grab accentuated by the gas but there’s no grain. Really a little behind in elevage I think, but the nose is simply gorgeous.
A faint sweet oak note, that actually grows more; but fresh red fruit in attendance too. A gorgeous core of sweet fruit, with some oak, mouth-watering flavour. This is lovely.
2014 Chablis 1er Côte de Lechets
Vinified in stainless-steel, then into old barrels with no lees and no stirring.
Lovely, classy, mineral fresh nose. Lithe, narrow, insinuating flavour. Direct and mineral – super!
2014 Chablis Bougros
The following two Chablis are vinified in tank before spending their last 6 months in older oak barrels – without their lees. This wine, the issue of just over 50 year-old vines.
Deeper, almost textured, herby, mineral nose. Wide, intense, lovely, mouth-watering flavour. Excellent.
Relatively young vines – just 22 years old.
A finer nose, silkier and deeper. Lovely mouth-watering, gorgeously mouth-watering. Beautiful wine.
2014 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Vergelesses
Right at the top of the vineyard, against the wood.
Wide, fresh, with a herbed depth. Just faintly sweeter. Fuller shaped, lots of layers to the flavour, faint reductive quality, almost acacia notes.
2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Chenevottes
Bottom of the hill.
A wine whose aromatic profile widens as it goes deeper. Clean, fresh nose. Some gas. But a (not so) slowly growing intensity of flavour – very Chassagne and very lovely. A beautiful finish.
Where the hill starts to rise.
A little extra green herb up top, really rather gassy, but here is gorgeously mouth-watering fresh flavour. Waves of fine flavour. A beauty!
2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Chaumées
Top of the hill.
Fresh but seemingly riper fruit; lime fruit. Again gassy, almost tannic, it’s a very long line of flavour, a narrow line but super delicate prettiness here. A subtle wine in flavour, but also a beauty.
2014 Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Terres Blanches
15% pinot blanc.
Bright, open and forward nose, rather ripe. Rather fresh and interesting, despite the ripeness of the fruit. I’m not the biggest fan of this wine usually, but this tastes great!