Domaine Tollot-Beaut Savigny-les-Beaune, Les Lavieres 1er Cru, France 2021
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Burghound Wine Review
Savigny-lès-Beaune "Les Lavières" ♥
1er Cru Red 750 ml
Tasted:Apr 10, 2023
Producer note:Nathalie Tollot was unabashedly enthusiastic in her comments about 2021, exclaiming that "I love this vintage! It has everything that I want in the style of a vintage, though it would have been nice to have some volume! For the first time in our entire history, we had to combine our parcels of Corton as there just wasn't enough volume to vinify the fruit properly. The quality of the wine, which obviously counts the most, is the good news because the growing season itself was incredibly fatiguing. But we survived and picked from the 16th of September and for the first time in several vintages, brought out our optical sorting machine as it's precise and fast. Yields were off on average 40% but there was enormous variability, which is to say basically from almost nothing to normal. Potential alcohols were quite good at between 12.5 and 13% and we chose to vinify normally. As to the style of the wines, I would compare them to either 2002 or 2010 as they're super-fresh and the fruit is much more red than dark. I think they will age gracefully for as long as anyone would want." Tollot noted that the 2021s were bottled in January and February 2023 and I tasted them in early March. Note too that the Tollot wines are deliberately bottled with slightly higher levels of CO2 so decanting the wines is always a good idea. (Winebow, Inc., www.winebow.com, NJ; The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com, Farthinghoe Fine Wine, www.farthinghoefinewine.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com and O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, all UK).
Tasting note:A super-fresh high-toned nose features notes of just crushed raspberry, cherry, spice and a pretty hint of violet. I very much like the more sophisticated texture of the lightly stony middleweight flavors that display fine length on the balanced finish that is shaped by notably fine-grained tannins. This could also use better depth but the track record of this wine is such that more should develop in time.