Situated in Meloisey in the Haut Cotes, this family Domaine in its present shape was created in 1975 by Denis Carre and has over the years grown to an estate of 13 Hectares (33 acres) with some 13 different appellations. Denis’ children, Gaetane & Martial have been involved in the vineyards since a young age and in 2008 both joined the family business full-time. The Domaine now receives the high accolades by top wine journals in France such as the Guide Hachette, and is noted for consistent high quality.
The vineyard work is meticulous and while not organic, “la lute raisonnee” is followed – in other words as organic as reasonably possible. The soil is worked and aerated, deleafing is done manually and the yield is constantly surveyed and measures taken to keep the volume well below maximum tolerances. Harvesting is entirely by hand, with small caissonsrates used to make sure that the whole bunches oxidize as little as possible before proceeding to the winery, where severe sorting takes place. Vinification is in French oak and will last for 10-15 months, followed by Domaine controlled bottling.
The Savigny-Les-Beaune is from gravelly, stony soil with small areas of sand. Yield is a maximum of 48 hl/ha. Following destemming, the Savigny spends 15 days in therm-regulated vats and then 12 months in French oak. Color is a pure ruby red with garnet nuances. Bouquet has delicate touches of red and dark fruits, with notes of ripe cherry and raspberry. The wine is lightly oaked, supple and delicately fruity, with an appealing roundness and generous mouth-feel.
The Pommard “Les Noizons” is from clay-limestone soil, with drainage through stony layers, and rock debris containing iron oxide. Yield is kept closer to 40 hl/ha, with fermentation thermo-regulated to 14 degrees Celsius for some 18 days, followed by maturation in French oak for 15 months. This Pommard is a deep ruby/purple color with aromatics of deep, ripe red fruits with cherry pits and red currants. Well-structured and finely balanced, the wine is richly textured, velvety with spicy undertones.