2013 Savigny Les Beaune Les Picotins – This is the third year that we have had this parcel as part of our domaine. The parcel suffered less hail damage in 2013 because the orientation of the vines were east/west and not north/south. The wine has a beautiful texture and density that presents a fine violet pattern. We used about 20% new oak and made 130 cases.
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June 201590 The 2013 Savigny lès Beaune les Grands Picotins comes from Gambals own vineyard and sees just under 20% new oak. That new wood is nicely assimilated on the nose with raspberry and cranberry leaf scents, a touch of rose petal in the background, perhaps even vanilla pod. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasant grainy entry and nicely judged acidity. This is well balanced with blackberry pastille and strawberry notes, fine backbone with a satisfying spicy, bay leaf infused finish. This is definitely worth seeking out. There have been quite a few changes at Alex Gambal since my last visit, two or three years ago. This time I met with winemaker Alexandre Brault who came in to help Alex run the day-today operations since the beginning of 2014. "I was in charge of banking before. How can we make the wines better? That was by getting hold of the vines. And how can we guarantee making some wine each year? The answer was again, getting hold of the vines. There are more and more small negoçiants so there is a lot of pressure for grapes. Prices are going through the roof. What we have been working on is a merger with Christophe Buisson in St. Romaine and we are now managing all his vines. We have also purchased and long-term leased vines in Volnay (Robardelle and Petit Gamay), Saint Romain, Auxey-Duresses, Puligny-Montrachet and Pommard (Lambots), so that this year we will have a total of 12 hectares. We are still going to keep some of our contracts for growers where we can dictate the kind of fruit we want. In terms of winemaking, we have hired Mathieu Thevenard who was working with Géraldine Godot (who has gone to Domaine de l'Arlot.) We probably have a more subtle use of oak nowadays to keep as much tension in the wines as we can. We are also doing a little whole cluster when we can. Our vines are certified organic and we are practicing biodynamic, but we'll see whether we go for certification. We have a new chef de culture from de Montille, Mikael Schwab, who is very influenced by biodynamics. So with the bigger acreage we now have a team in place to tend the vines. We are also using larger vessels during the barrel aging, 350-liter, demi-muids and so on."
May 31, 201690 The oak is immediately apparent on the nose in this juicy red, but meshes better on the palate, with cherry and strawberry flavors, lingering with spice accents. Best from 2017 through 2024. 5 cases imported.
April 15, 201586-89 Here the reduction is quite pronounced as is the framing wood. The supple and relatively refined flavors possess a lovely sense of tension on the mildly rustic finish that displays only a touch of dryness. Given the conditions in Savigny during the 2013 vintage this is actually pretty good.
December 31, 201589 With a good sense of structure, this bottling, formerly called Vieilles Vignes, comes from 55-year-old vines. It is textured, with some firm tannins as well as ripe plum flavors and acidity. The wine is still developing and will be better from 2016.