"A blend of Les Lavières and Fournaux, the 2016 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru was completely destemmed and offers lifted blackcurrant, cranberry and wet limestone scents on the nose. The palate is fleshy and generous on the opening, probably one of Rossignol's more approachable 2016s with veins of white pepper and sage toward the finish. Fine."
(86-88) points, Neal Martin (December 2017)
"(100% destemmed; made from Les Fourneaux and Les Lavières, blended in tank; just 6 barrels produced from 1.8 hectares, or about 8 hectoliters per hectare): Bright red-ruby. Sappy aromas and flavors of black fruits, minerals and spices. Densely packed and thick--even rather massive for Savigny-lès-Beaune--but with an accessible texture. Nicely combines the charm of Lavières with the power and spiciness of Fourneaux. The long, mounting whiplash of a finish boasts excellent structure and surprisingly energetic notes of black raspberry and saline minerality."
(90-92) points, Stephen Tanzer (January 2018)
"There is good definition to the generously proportioned yet muscular and intense flavors that possess very good amounts of dry extract that helps to buffer the firm tannic spine shaping the solidly long if not especially refined finale."
(89-92) points, Allen Meadows (April 2018)
Among the best value appellations in Burgundy, Savigny-les-Beaune is the third biggest appellation by production in the Côte de Beaune. Two styles exist at the 1er Cru level; delicate fine boned wines produced from south-facing vineyards on the northern end of the appellation and rounder, fuller, more forward styles hailing from east-facing vineyards found in the south of the appellation. Total vineyard area is 544 ha of which 141.5 ha is 1er Cru.
Savigny rouge have a medium robe. Their elegant, rather powerful bouquet is dominated by Morello cherry, blackcurrant, and raspberry; notes of strawberry and underbrush develop after a few years of aging. They are supple, with discreet tannins, low acidity, and a light, slender body that has given them a feminine image. The premier crus are more structured, with plenty of power and character; they require longer aging.