A single plot, mid-slope with a lot of limestone in the soil, Les Lavières comes from the word “lave” which was the term used in the past to describe the flat limestone tiles used on local roofs. The name gives you a clue as to the nature of the soil whereby 30 cm of top soil quickly gives way to the mother rock of fragmented limestone. Chandon has a 2.6 hectare plot here with massale selection vines which were planted in 1956. These vines always produce a vibrant, perfumed and energetic style of Savigny.
The 2015 Savigny-les-Beaune Les Lavieres Premier Cru is an exciting and surprisingly dense, ripe example of this terroir. Deep cherry and dark chocolate fruit and plenty of rocky tannins and earthy mineral freshness. The vines were cropped at a very low 25 hectolitres per hectare (explaining the richness) and 40% whole bunches. A very strong Les Lavières!