France, Savigny-les-Beaune

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More-so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Nestled between the hillsides of a sub-valley in the Cote d'Or escarpment, Savigny-lès-Beaune is located in the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy, home to some of the world's finest wines.

Savigny-les-Beaune is one of the region's more prolific appellations, thanks to its location in a sub-valley formed by the Rhoin river, which flows just to the south of the village. The valley provides large swathes of south-facing slopes on which to plant quality vineyards. As the valley drops gently down to the east, it opens out onto the plain below, where there are many more acres of excellent viticultural land.

Savigny-les-Beaune is famed for its Pinot Noir, which are similar in style to the red wines of Beaune. Only about 10 per cent of the appellation's wines are white, produced from Chardonnay grapes.
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