# Savigny-Lès-Beaune Premier Cru Les Marconnets 2003

Over the ages the Savigny-lès-Beaune vineyards have belonged to the Dukes of Burgundy, the clergy, the Knights of Malta, and local gentry. Les Marconnets is in a splendid location on the Beaune side of the steep hillside. The soil, though calcareous further down the hill, is sandy and pebbly here, rich in iron, ideal for our oldish vines.

Harvest

Harvest date: August 23rd, 2003
Stunning harvest with some presence of burned, overheated, dehydrated grapes caused by scorching  heat.
Selection: hand-sorted in the vineyard and on arrival in the winery to remove dehydrated berries.

Vinification

Harvest de-stemmed, not crushed.
No yeast addition.
Maceration: pre-fermentation, cold  (15 C).
Length of maceration: 15 days.
Cap-punching: very few. No pumping-over.

Ageing

Length: 12 months
Type: in barrels.
Percentage of new barrels: 45 % until July 2004. 0 % after.
Toasting: long and gentle heat, without charring.
Source of wood: Nevers, forêt de Bertranges
Racking: Barrels racked once in July 2004.
Light and soft filtration. No fining.

Bottling

September 13rd, 2004
Limited to 628 half-bottles and 6,771 bottles.

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