Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc – Dessus les Gollardes
Blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Blanc, the latter coming from 60-year-old vines. Lebreuil owns one-half hectare of vines in this sloping, south-facing climat. It is situated at the upper limit of the Savigny les Beaune appellation, at 280 meters altitude. The soil is pure white limestone. Both varieties are harvested and vinified together with the native yeasts. Lebreuil matures his Savigny Blanc in barrels — 15% new, 25% one-year; 30% two-year and 30% three-year-old – for eleven months. The malolactic fermentation generally occurs in the Spring. Lebreuil does no bâtonnage as the wine ages on its fine lees, to ensure that the wine’s exuberant fruit is not overpowered or muted. The Savigny Blanc is assembled into a stainless steel tank in August and then bottled in October, after fining with bentonite clay and a light filtration. Lebreuil’s Savigny Blanc is an original and compelling expression of white Burgundy, with bright, citrus fruit and mineral and wild-flower notes. 400 cases are produced.
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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