Several folks over at the Wine Berserkers forum have been holding their annual Burgundy appellation tasting over the past couple of months. What this entails is a weekly focus on a specific appellation in Burgundy in which board members, guests, and professional critics focus on drinking and talking about Burgundy wine in posts on the Berserkers forum. It's a great way to learn about Burgundy and often a great excuse to open a bottle.
I participate from time-to-time and this week I jumped in when the focus was on Savigny-Les-Beaune and Chorey Les Beaune. I own a decent amount of wine from Savigny Les Beaune. With no Grand Cru vineyards, and its southern location in the commune of Beaune, wines from Savigny are some of the best values in Burgundy.
1998 Maurice Ecard Savigny Les Beaune Les Jarrons. Jarrons is one of the top premier cru vineyards in Savigny; it produces some of the longest lived wines from the appellation. This 1998 was really terrific. It showed a mature, dank nose that's deep and persistent. The palate has no edge really, just a touch of red-fruited acidity. Lighter weight to the body and a finish that shows iron and is slightly dusty and rustic. Tart cherry, too. Not a mind-blower, but a very fine Savigny that possesses much of what I look for in aged Burgundy. Even from lesser communes in lesser vintages, Burgundy can be quite sublime when given time.