April 16, 2012

Mature Burgundy

As I have posted here before, 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.

Last weekend, I spent a few days in NYC with my borther and some friends for some revelry in conjunction with three Furthur shows at the beautiful Beacon Theater.  After the Thursday night show, night we popped a few older Burgundies that my brother was kind enough to bring along. The 1970 Henri de Villamont Savigny-Les Beaune was inspiring. It showed a mature, dank nose that I love in aged Burgundy, somewhere between decaying leaves, an autumn fire, and patchouli (oh wait, the patchouli was from all the hippies that had descended upon the upper west side). The palate has no edge really, just a touch of red-fruit and earth tones. Lighter weight to the body and a finish that shows iron and is slightly dusty and rustic. Once again we were reminded that even from lesser communes, and even in not-the-greatest vintages, aged Burgundy can be quite sublime given time. Kind of like these guys:

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