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Savart Champagne Brut Premier Cru L'Ouverture NV

$75.99

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This 100% Pinot Noir from Champagne's Ecueil village shows a broad texture, with finely integrated toast and lively fruit aromas.

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It is only in recent times that Champagne Savart has begun to get a lot of buzz, since 2005, when Frédéric Savart took over the reins. As Alder eludes to in the quote above, this is a producer that deserves your attention.

The great thing about Grower Champagnes is that we can talk about places. Today we are just south of Reims in the Montagne de Reims. The name of the village is Écueil. Most of the soils are sandy, and Pinot Noir prevails. Here and there you also find strains of chalky soils, and so Savart also grows a little Chardonnay.

One village over is another place: Villers-aux-Noeuds. Anyone who pays extra close attention to this newsletter will know that this village is home to the great Emmanuel Brochet, who works a fine site called Mont Benoît. It turns out that Savart also has holdings in Mont Benoît. It’s a little chalkier than Écueil, but still pretty friendly to Pinot Noir, which is what Savart grows there.

In the cellar, Savart follows a non-interventionist recipe that includes stainless steel fermentation, aging in barrel, and a laissez-faire attitude towards malolactic fermentation. These are not fruit-forward Champagnes but wines of salinity, soil, and rock. That’s why those wine geeks are so excited!

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 89
"The NV Brut L’Ouverture, 100% Pinot Noir from Ecueil, is a terrific introduction to Frederic Savart’s wines. Creamy and ample, with lovely textural richness, the Ouverture has so much to offer. The breadth of Pinot comes through nicely in this open-knit, engaging Champagne. Red cherry, plum, spice and pastry notes are pushed forward. Some of the initial intensity drops off on the finish, otherwise the Ouverture is very nicely done. This release is a blend of equal parts 2016, 2015 and 2014. Dosage is 5.5 grams per liter. Disgorged in 2019." -Antonio Galloni

Robert Parker

RP 90
"The NV L'Ouverture Premier Cru Brut offers very clear and lovely aromatics of Pinot fruit on the nose. Coming from younger vines on sandy soils gives this wine elegance and finesse. This is a delicately fruity Champagne with a firm structure and great transparency. It is light, but serious." -Stephan Reinhardt

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Vintage

    NV

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Style

    Crisp , Fruity , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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