Back after last year’s hiatus, the vines here form a part of the La Dominode vineyard in the heart of the 1er Cru Haut Jarrons. Located on the east-facing slope of Savigny, on the Beaune side, this is where the most elegant Savigny wines tend to derive. This helps to explain the seduction and finesse on offer here. It’s a site owned by one of Leroux’s close friends. Like most of the terrain in the Côte d’Or, the soils here are clay/limestone, but the clay here is light and sandy. Still, there’s more muscle than the villages cuvée, as you would expect, but also superb elegance. The 2017 was raised with only 10% new oak and only a small portion of whole bunches. Compared to the villages, here we see more plummy, layered richness and a texture framed deliciously by a fine, almost imperceptible cloak of tannin. Again a super-fine, pulpy, seductive, perfumed red that’s fabulous value.
“Now in tank. No deeper in colour but with rather darker fruit, a little bit more oak evident, good finish but doesn’t have the same appeal as the village. But there is something waiting in the wings for later.” 87-89 points, Jasper Morris, InsideBurgundy.com
“The 2017 Savigny-lès-Beaune Aux Jarrons 1er Cru, which sees 10% new oak and had been moved into tank two weeks earlier, has a pure, attractive floral bouquet with touches of blue fruit tincturing the red. The medium-bodied palate delivers supple tannin and much more matière than the village cru. The finish is silky smooth and seductively juicy.” 88-90 points, Neal Martin, Vinous January 2019