- Domaine Tollot-Beaut et Fils
- Pinot Noir
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Neal Martin, January 2019,
The 2017 Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Champs Chevreys 1er Cru, matured in one-third new oak, has a slightly more minerally bouquet than the Les Lavières, while the palate shows a tad more depth and grip. There is just a little coarseness toward the finish, but that should smooth out with time. Very fine, but give it a year or two in bottle. 2021 - 2028
Burghound, April 2019,
An even cooler and definitely more restrained nose display an admirably pure combination of the essence of red raspberry, cherry and hints of earth and spice. The super-rich and lavishly textured medium weight flavors are almost thick yet there is reasonably good energy to the lingering if slightly sweet finish. This is an interesting if distinctly atypical 2017.
Domaine Tollot-Beaut et Fils
The wines of Tollot-Beaut are some of the best we taste every vintage. Uncomplicated, pure and fresh, they epitomize everything that we love about wines from the Côte de Beaune. In addition, their fleshiness and approachability makes them perfect for cynics who claim that Burgundy is not their cup of tea. The 22-hectare domaine has been family-owned for years. Today, the young, friendly and exceptionally bright Nathalie Tollot manages the domaine with her cousins. The wines are vinified fairly traditionally. About 40% of the crop is de-stemmed, though this varies depending on vintage. The wines are fermented in open-top wooden vats before being aged in oak barrels that are 10-50% new. Very lightly fined and filtered before bottling, the resulting wines are often opulent with noticeable density, always clean and superbly pure. Just wonderful Burgundy.
The picturesque village of Savigny-lès-Beaune, just to the north of Beaune, is a relatively prolific producer in Burgundian terms. Less serious than its neighbours, Pommard and Volnay, these are nonethless delicious wines - perfumed, delicate and elegant. A tiny amount of white is produced.