A neighbor to Serpentieres, Gravains is one of Savigny’s most stony, mineral sites.
Mid-hillside; southern exposure.
Deep soils over marl
Lutte-raisonnée. All work is done by hand, including harvest.
Partial whole cluster fermentation followed by cold maceration and fermentation for 15 to 20 days.
12 to 15 months in 30% new French oak barrels
The combination of this noble terroir, plus vine age and the vineyard’s reputation for producing tiny, concentrated berries makes Gravains a brooding, complex cru that is strikingly similar in profile to its neighbors in the Cote de Nuits.
Notes of wood and menthol serve as a less-than-completely neutral backdrop for the layered nose of plum, floral hints and dark currant liqueur scents. There is both good richness and fine volume to the well-detailed and delicious medium weight flavors that possess a caressing mouth feel before culminating in a mildly austere finish where a hint of bitter cherry arises. This is finer than the Grands Liards but not necessarily more interesting.
The 2014 Gravains is really fine this year, as this side of the valley was unaffected for the most part by the hail and the wine offers up a very refined bouquet of cherries, pomegranate, a deep base of soil, woodsmoke, Savigny spices and hints of the gamebird to come. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with fine-grained tannins, excellent focus and grip and a very long, transparent and potentially sappy finish. This is going to be a superb bottle with eight to ten years’ worth of bottle age. 2022-2060+.
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