Vineyard: Aux Grands Liards was planted in 1916 and 1922
Orientation: Located at the edge of Savigny's hillside.
Soil: Shallow clay soils over limestone rock.
Viticulture: Lutte-raisonnée. All work is done by hand, including harvest.
Vinification: Partial whole cluster fermentation followed by cold maceration and fermentation for 15 to 20 days.
Aging: 12 to 15 months in 30% new French oak barrels
Production: 3,000 bottles
Notes: A more structured wine with complexity and richness. Reminiscent of 1er cru neighbors.
A discreet application of wood sets off somewhat more deeply pitched aromas of plum, violet and pungent earth scents. There is excellent volume and punch to the concentrated middle weight flavors as the old vine sap is very much in evidence, all wrapped in a rustic, powerful and beautifully complex finish. This old school effort is clearly less refined than the Pimentiers but there is even better depth and length.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The 2014 Grands Liards in the Camus cellars is also excellent and shows a bit more black fruit tones than the dramatically red fruity Pimentiers this year. The fine bouquet offers up scents of black cherries, pomegranate, raw cocoa, stony minerality, woodsmoke, Savigny spices and a touch of cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, and very pure on the attack, with a sappy core and excellent length and grip on the ripely tannic finish. Like the Pimentiers, these very old vines turn out a premier cru level wine year in and year out and the 2014 is very strong.