2006 Maison Champy Savigny-lès-Beaune "Aux Fourches"

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This single-vineyard Savigny-lès- Beaune comes from the Estate vineyards of Maison Champy, which are farmed organically and biodynamically. Aux Fourches is a vineyard located on the right, just after the fork in the road that leads to Pernand-Vergelesses traveling from Beaune to the village of Savigny. It lies below the Premier Cru of Aux Fournaux and is a relatively warm, flat site with deeper soil, lots of clay. Yields from the old vines are quite low here, and the wine is fermented with wild yeast in open-topped vats, then aged in 1/3 new French Oak and bottled unfiltered. The wine has a very pretty floral nose, bright red fruit and lots of length. Lovely though it is, this is serious wine, with very good concentration and substantial tannins on the finish. It's drinkable now, particularly with decanting, but it will age very well in your cellar. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer) Allen Meadows writes: "Here there is a noticeable if not dominating touch of reduction though almost oddly, it's fresher in the mouth than several of the foregoing wines with good detail, energy and punch on the dusty and mouth coating finish where the structure is a bit chunky. This is youthfully awkward at present and it clearly needs decanting if you're going to try one young." (Burghound 04/08)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2009 | Send Email
Savigny-les-Beaune has frequently played second chair to Beaune, its more renowned neighbor to the south, but it has recently produced wines of considerable power, texture and richness. The Aux Forches, named after a fork in the road, starts to show its generous personality after an hour or so of decanting— warm and savoury, all brambles and dusty violets yet still a bit reticent, as if performing á solo and wanting to reveal even more. An inspiring wine.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2009 | Send Email
Are you ready for the real thing? Do you have a decanter, a fork, a knife and some dinner? This is just the kind of Pinot Noir that we love to drink at home- this past Sunday we enjoyed it with some Full Belly Farm lamb loin chops, diced potatoes, beets and beet greens. I decanted it about an hour ahead of time, and it continued to develop over the course of our meal. This is a dry and earthy wine, with a good core of wild red fruit that reminds me of some Savigny-Serpentieres I have had in the past. If you are a wine club member, this is a great wine to load up on.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.