Savigny-Les-Beaune: Domaine François Gay & Fils 1er Cru 'Les Serpentières' 2019
Pascal Gay’s Premier Cru Pinot Noir comes from the northern end of the Côte de Beaune in the terrific 2019 vintage. Lighter in style than his Beaune 1er Cru from the same estate, this Savigny-les-Beaune displays a classic red cherry hue and raspberry flavours with layers of spice and lovely length.
Sitting just south of Pernand-Vergelesses, the commune of Savigny-lès-Beaune comprises some 383 hectares, half of which is spread across 22 Premier Cru sites. 85% of production is red. 'Aux Serpentières' is a south facing 1er Cru vineyard of marl and limestone soils that lies just east of the village itself. Clive Coates MW called the group of 'lieu-dits' of which 'Serpentières' is one 'Savignys with style rather than raw substance.' Generally good value compared to Pommard, Volnay or even Beaune itself, the appellation varies hugely in terms of soil types, aspects and is largely planted to Pinot Noir.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Burgundy, Côte de Beaune|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Cheese, Chicken and Turkey, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Drink up 5 to 10+ years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand harvested grapes are vinified and then matured in oak barrels for 18 months prior to a light filtration and bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Domaine François Gay & Fils
Domaine François Gay consists of seven hectares of vines around the village of Chorey-Lès-Beaune. Just 3,400 cases are produced each year, mostly sold to French restaurants and local customers, which means there is only a small amount available for export. Following his recent retirement, the domaine is now run by François' son Pascal, although François still assists in the winemaking process.
The wines produced by Domaine François Gay et Fils are expressive of the terroir, powerful and fruit-forward, yet with detail and complexity, and which improve with age - it is their intention to produce 'pleasure wines.'
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