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2022 Savigny-Lès-Beaune 1er Cru “Aux Serpentières”

Pierre Guillemot
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Ask anyone who has tasted at Domaine Guillemot whether they’ve tried an older vintage of Aux Serpentières, and the answer will be yes. To this day an Aux Serpentières is among the oldest wines I’ve ever tasted, a 1947 that I recall vividly! It had faded to a pale rosé and threw a delicate deposit of fine sediment, like tiny confetti, in the bottom of my glass. The 2022 is on the same course to greatness, a classic vintage that’s tart, earthy and generous; it’s beaming with pleasure and would be well worth cellaring, too.

Jane Augustine

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Savigny-aux-Serpentières
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Pierre Guillemot
Winemaker: Jean-Pierre Guillemot
Vineyard: 55 years, 1.7 ha
Soil: Marl
Aging: Wine is aged in barrel for 18 months and in bottle for 6 months before release
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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