Pinot Noir, Savigny-les-Beaune

Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. The greatest examples coming from the cool climates of the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.

Pinot Noir performs well on the deepish limestone based subsoils that are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However, yields need to be kept in check. Pinot Noir's concentration and varietal characters disappear rapidly if yields are excessive. Some of the best and most expensive wines in the world are still found in Burgundy.

Pinot Noir also plays a key role in Champagne, being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the US, Oregon and Washington state are producing outstanding wines. In New Zealand, great Pinot Noirs are crafted in Martinborough and in Central Otago, New Zealand's only true continental climate.

The thin skins of Pinot Noir mean the wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However, the best wines have grippy tannins, fragrance and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, but as it matures, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouthfeel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey nuances emerging.
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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