Vineyard: A neighbor to Serpentieres, Gravains is one of Savigny’s most stony, mineral sites.
Orientation: Mid-hillside; southern exposure.
Soil: Deep soils over marl
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: 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.