Andrew Guard

2014 Savigny Les Beaune Rouge' Aux Grands Liards', Domaine Rollin

This is lovely terroir, the vineyard is just above the 1er Cru ‘Les Lavièrers’ so not 1er Cru but maybe better than many who are! Deep in colour as 2/3 was hailed in 2013 - seductive, very gourmet nose - red fruited and floral with good lift and brightness. Lovely grip and richness, finishes with lovely freshness and balance. Super 

It is worthwhile making a detour to visit the pretty village of Pernand Vergelesses, with its steep and winding streets. Here the hallmark of the wines is finesse, as much for the reds as for the whites. Indeed Pernand Vergelesses is the only Burgundian commune which has the right to produce both red and white wine at every level, from regional appellation to Grand Cru. It is here that the Rollin family have been making wine for four generations, steadily building up the domaine to its current 12ha which cover five communes and produce 14 different appellations.

The vineyard work here is meticulous and, although not certified organic, the methodology in practice is applied in a manner designed to maximize the expression of terroir by eliminating (or reducing to an absolute minimum) any treatments in the vineyards. All grapes are harvested manually and fermentations proceed with indigenous yeasts. The white wines are pressed very gently and undergo long fermentations in barrel and are aged on the fine lees for twelve to fifteen months - the result: outstandingly complex wines to rival the best wines of Burgundy.