Savigny-lès-Beaune 2015, Domaine Michel & Joanna Ecard
I have enjoyed wines from this small Savigny-specialist domaine for two decades and was sorry to hear that Maurice Ecard had passed away. He vinified lovely wines such as the 2002 Narbantons and the 2002 Serpentières. We tasted with Michel Ecard in what must be one of the hardest cellars to get into (physically) and would definitely test the sobriety of anyone trying to enter or leave. This intriguing Savigny blanc has 20% pinot blanc which matures quickly and adds weight to the chardonnay. They harvest late, in November! There is a wonderful hazelnut nose yet its fresh on the palate, good balance, a touch of apricot, a gentle soupçon of honeyed-botrytis. A warm alcoholic finish. Very enjoyable and would be ideal with a pâté de campagne. Could be a tricky wine in a blind tasting. Scores 26-28/30 for a Savigny blanc.