In a good large Burgundy glass, the Savigny-lès-Beaune has a limpid, gleaming carmine red color, saturated right to the edge; like the color of American Beauty roses.
When the wine is first poured, aromas of ripe morello cherries, strawberry-rhubarb preserves, and freshly cut peonies gradually emerge,then move in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with fleeting suggestions of black tea, dried chanterelles, white pepper, and sandalwood as the nose evolves over time.
On entry, the wine is juicy and vibrant, with a sylphlike core of orange citrus-and-dried cardamom-seasoned black and red fruit that fans out like a peacock’s tail, and is framed in round, velvety, ultrafine tannins and refreshing berry acidity.
About this wine producer: Fine, inexpensive, estate-bottled Burgundy is always a happy surprise. The land is expensive, the work is hard, and demand usually exceeds supply. But if you’re willing to look beyond the most famous villages of the Côte d’Or, there are still discoveries to be made: expressive Burgundies, white and red, grown by passionate stewards of the genuine Burgundian tradition. 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 (previously of Domaine Leroy), joined them as co-gerants, ensuring the continuity of this dynamic ten-hectare estate.