Wonderfully mineral without being austere. Lots of lovely Burgundian aromas, apples, pears, hints of peach, lovely citrus, and a light butteriness. Endlesesly drinkable. Even better on the second day
Grappin is a name for you to remember. An in-crowd favourite of the wine world, you'll find them at the various London wine markets, and on the lists of London's best gastropubs and restaurants. They have two ranges of wine. Du Grappin, is their more accessibly priced range. Offering wines in bag (bagnums), and some stellar wines at £20 and under. But it is their Le Grappin range we feature here. Savigny-Lès-Beaune is a commune in the Côte-d'Or. 310 hectares of pinot noir are produced here to just 46 hectares of chardonnay. The commune has 22 premier cru vineyards, and no grand crus. Grappin buy their grapes from the two vineyards: Dessus Les Vermots, and Les Gollardes. The grapes are handpicked, chilled overnight, and foot-crushed in cases. Fermentation happens with indigenous yeasts, and the wines are then aged for 11 months on lies, in a combination of three large oak barrels. The wine is ripe and generous, and yet is still underpinned by definite minerality. There's notes of apples, and lemon, peaches, and pears, black smoke, stony minerality, and lots of nuttiness. This is complex but endlessly drinkable. I challenge you not to fall in love with this. Only four barrels of Grappin's Savigny-Lès-Beaune were produced in 2018, resulting in just 1250 bottles. It is a delight to share it with you.