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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Savigny-lès-Beaune, a small town in burgundy near Beaune, as lès (Old French for near) implies, with its own appellation for red wine and a little white. The reds are agreeable, rivalling those of beaune itself, but lack the depth and character of wines from villages such as Pommard or Volnay more prominently sited on the limestone escarpment.

The village is divided by the river Rhoin. Those vineyards on the southern side, including premiers crus Les Peuillets, Les Narbantons, Les Rouvrettes, and Les Marconnets, are on sandy soil and produce wines similar to those of Beaune, although lighter. Those on the other side of the village, towards Pernand-Vergelesses, including Les Lavières and Les Vergelesses, are on stonier soil.