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Possibly the most famous of the Beaune "value" appellations, Savigny, to me, can stand on its own, beyond the "value" classification. Savigny-Les-Beaune also is possibly the prettiest area in Burgundy with rolling hills and lovely hamlets. 

Savigny is not small with over 386 hectares of vines. The eastern part of Savigny produces wines that are more rustic, whilst wines that are produced closer to the North are more finesse-driven. There are 22 1er Crus and all if not most of them are near Pernand-Vergelesses, where
the wines are more finesse driven. All of those 22 1er Crus are on hillside vineyards while the flatlands are used for Savigny AC. 

90 percent of Savigny is red but the 10% that is white tends to usually be extremely interesting. Most of the white is made from Chardonnay but some can be made from Pinot Blanc and these are worth seeking out. 

The best 1er Crus can hold their own with Volnay and Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Crus. Aux Lavieres, Aux Vergelesses and Les Serpentieres are three of the top 1er Crus. 

These used to be the best values in Burgundy but prices for the top producers like Bize, Pavelot and Chandon de Brialles have crept up but relatively speaking Savigny is still a killer value. Savigny typically goes for between $25-$75 with $40-$50 being the sweet spot. Savigny
from a great 1er Cru can age for up to 20-25 years.

Notable recent vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2002, 1999, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1990

Top producers (in no particular order) include:
  • Chandon de Brialles
  • Camus-Bruchon
  • Jean-Marc Pavelot
  • Simon Bize
  • Jean-Jacques Girard
  • Bruno Clair
  • Roland Rapet
  • Nicolas Rossignol
  • Patrick Javillier (white)
  • Louis Jadot
  • Anne-Francoise Gros
  • Domaine de Bellene
  • Catherine and Claude Marechal
  • Guillemot-Michel
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