Sandwiched between the city of Beaune and Hill of Corton lies the somewhat forgotten town of Savigny-les-Beaune. Its gravel- and sand-laden soils produce bright wines with excellent definition and delicate structure. In lean years they can be a bit angular for many tastes – but lean years may be a thing of the past.
The 2020 vintage in particular produced wines of tremendous concentration. At Boursot, our source in Chambolle-Musigny, yields were down on average 50%, and indeed each bottle seems to have two bottles’ worth of intensity. But the Boursots managed in all their 2020s to channel the dark, abundant fruit into a sleek and classically Burgundian package.
Boursot’s Chambolles are terrific in 2020, and their Bourgogne was too (it sadly all sold through Futures). But this year we added another cuvée between the two: Boursot’s Savigny-les-Beaune.
The 2020 Savigny perfectly combines the bright, delicacy of the terroir with the rich intensity of the vintage. The nose shows wild red cherries, cassis, and toast. The mouth is a punchy blend of dark modern fruit with chalky precision. Vinous’s Neal Martin called it “lively and quite generous.”
Boursot’s Chambolles will always be their stars, but this cuvée is proof that their winemaking prowess isn’t limited to their hometown appellation. We’d have a hard time coming up with a more impressive sub-$50 red Burgundy in our cellar. Upgrade whatever corner of the family Thanksgiving table you’ve been assigned.
Boursot Savigny-les-Beaune rouge 2020
bottle price: $45