Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru – Aux Peuillets
In early 2005, Jean-Baptiste obtained a small, 1/5 hectare parcel in the Aux Peuillets vineyard when a retiring vigneron chose hime to carry on the cultivation of these 40 year old vines. The parcel is situated on the lower part of the Pommard-side slope. Its deep soil and long-ripening (due to its north-east exposure) period gives an intense, fleshy wine brimming with black cherry Pinot Noir fruit, which is very appealing when young. Lebreuil made just 125 cases in his first vintage. Fermented with indigenous yeasts. Aged in barrels, 12 to 14 months, 30% new, then 1 year, 2 years and three years old. Lightly filtered before bottling.
About the Producer
The Lebreuil family estate dates back to 1935, when present winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lebreuil’s grandparents purchased two hectares of vines. Pierre, Jean-Baptiste’s father, enlarged the property to seven hectares and acquired a bottling line to ensure that he would be able to bottle the majority of his production. After stages in Bordeaux and abroad, and a degree from the Lycée Viticole in Beaune, Jean-Baptiste joined his father in 1999. The domaine became officially known as Pierre and J-B Lebreuil in 2001 and was further enlarged to its present size of 9.5 hectares, all based around Savigny-les-Beaune.
Jean-Baptiste Lebreuil quickly made technical improvements in the cellars, installing new equipment to ensure perfect cellar hygiene (“primordial for the realization of great wines” he affirms). His aim is to produce vividly fruity Savigny-les-Beaune wines with great finesse and soft tannins. Vinification and aging follow classic Burgundian practice as it is understood by today’s quality-oriented winemakers. The Pinot Noir grapes are transported to the winery in small plastic crates to protect the integrity of the fruit. After a full de-stemming, the grapes are given a cold maceration at 8 degrees centigrade with daily pumping over, to bring out the color and fruit aromas. The alcoholic fermentation lasts about 10 days, and very little press-wine is used. The wines settle and clarify in the fermentation tanks and are then transferred to barrels for 12-16 months of maturation.
Farming practices: organic. Intense pruning to reduce the yields and ensure healthy fruit. Lebreuil uses no herbicides and plows the rows 5 times per year to remove grass and aerate the soils, so as to encourage the roots to grow deeper. If the crop is deemed too large, Lebreuil green harvests at the time of véraison. In short, all measures are taken to ensure the harvesting of the finest quality fruit. Biodynamic practices have been started since 2011.
Pierre et JB Lebreuil
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