# Savigny-Lès-Beaune Premier Cru Les Marconnets 2004

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: September 24th and 25th, 2004
Meticulously hand-sorted. Almost 30 % of the harvest eliminated because of the oïdium and the rot.

Vinification

Harvest de-stemmed, not crushed.
No yeast addition. Gravity vated.
Maceration: pre-fermentation, cold  (15° C).
Length of maceration: 15 days.
Cap-punched twice a day until mid-fermentation and then just once until the third of the alcoolic fermentation and a small pump-over at the end until the end.

Ageing

Length: 16 months
Type: in barrels.
Percentage of new barrels: 30 %
Toasting: long and gentle heat, without charring.
Source of wood: Allier
Barrels racked once after the malolactic fermentation.
Light and soft cartridge filtration. No fining.

Bottling

October 28th, 2005.
Limited to 6.234 bottles and 1.200 half-bottles.

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