This super-elegant Pinot Noir comes from a tiny parcel of 60-year-old vines in “Les Charnières,” one of the smallest of the Premiers Crus of Savigny-lès-Beaune, which is located just below Les Talmettes, surrounded on three sides by Les Lavières. In the glass, the wine has a saturated, deep rose red center, with flashes of fuchsia at the edge. When the wine is first poured, aromas of griotte cherries, bittersweet chocolat, warm beeswax, and jasmine tea emerge from the glass. Later, sun-warmed red plums, strawberry preserves, and fresh peonies are joined by sandalwood, eucalyptus, and freshly grated nutmeg, as the vital, complex nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is sleek and elegant, with a dense core of complex sweet red fruit seasoned with cardamom, which fans out like a peacock’s tail, and is framed in round, velvety, ultrafine tannins and refreshing minerality.
About this wine producer: The Cornu family has lived in Echevronne, about seven kilometers northwest of Beaune, since the thirteenth century. Pierre Cornu joined his parents in the late 1970s, and like so many of the best of his generation, was the first in his family to estate-bottle the wine. In 1981 he married Bernadette Camus, and in 2007, after completing her studies in enology at Beaune, their daughter Lydia, along with her husband, Christophe Pertuzot, joined them as co-gerants, ensuring the continuity of this dynamic ten-hectare estate. The vineyard work is traditional and sustainable: cover crop and worked soil alternating between the rows, ebourgeonnage (removal of buds to limit the yield), early effeuillage (removal of leaves from the east facing side of the vines), and occasional vendanges en vert (green harvest) to limit the yields. The manually harvested grapes are destemmed, fermented in thermoregulated stainless-steel tanks, and the wine is matured in oak barrels for one year.