On Sale: $39.94 (was: $44.94)*
Guillaume Camus has been doing terrific work in Beaune over the past several decades now, and his Savigny Les Beaune routinely impresses us with its incredible value. This old vine village bottling simply has been praised as “always built like a fine premier cru” and Camus’ 2018s are “beautiful examples of the 2018 vintage” (View from the Cellar). Given the incredible depth, structure, and complexity, we don’t think there’s much hyperbole in the critical praise of ‘Les Pimentiers’, and this looks to have a very promising future.
Camus is as much a true vigneron as a winemaker, spending most of his time in the vineyard. Harvest is entirely by hand, and all of his wines get at most a quarter new oak. A bit of whole cluster spice really rounds out the incredibly layered profile here, and while Savigny Les Beaune has its own terroir, there is something reminiscent of a Pommard in this release. Per the Wine Advocate, it’s “a mystery why this 7.5-hectare domaine isn't better known”, and we can’t think of a better way to get acquainted than with this under $40 Vieilles Vignes. The era when Savigny Les Beaune was undiscovered, and underappreciated by most Burgundy novices is mostly over, but values like these prove there are still fantastic, food friendly gems to be found. Cheers!
91+ points, View from the Cellar: "The old vine bottling of Pimentiers (eighty-nine years of age in 2018) is deeper and more structured than the Cuvée Reine Joly, but this is not atypical by any means, as this is always built like a fine premier cru. The bouquet is more reserved today, but shows impressive complexity to come, offering up a mix of dark berries, black cherries, pigeon, bitter chocolate, stony soil tones, Savigny spice tones, a touch of cedar and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a fine signature of stony soil tones, ripe, well-integrated tannins and fine length and grip on the very well-balanced finish."
90 points, Vinous: "...a clean, pure bouquet of small red cherries and crushed strawberry aromas, almost pastille-like. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and nicely poised. Plenty of salinity comes through on the finish. Good length, but it needs time. Drink 2023-2033" - Neal Martin
*Offer publication date November 15, 2021. Pricing and availability subject to change.