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2013 Savart Le Mont Benoit Champagne

Champagne, FRANCE
$220. 00
$2640.00 Dozen
ABV: 12.5%
Closure: Cork

Fred Savart is one of the most engaging and energetic vignerons currently in Champagne. Based in the village of Ecueil where most of his holdings are located, Fred also farms a handful of vines across into Villiers-aux-Noeuds, along with most recently accessing plots in Le Mesnil and Oger. His wines are largely based on Pinot Noir, with a smaller amount of Chardonnay, and while initially there was a focus on fermentation in stainless steel, more increasingly his wines are raised in barriques and demi-muids. Each of his wines are born out of inspiration and intuition rather than any sort of set formula, and are routinely some of the best expressions of terroir viewed through the vagaries of vintage.

Le Mont Benoit is a 50-year-old single parcel vineyard in Villers-aux-Noeuds co-planted to 95% Pinot Noir and 5% Chardonnay, which are picked and pressed together. The dosage is a low 3g/L.

Other Reviews....
The 2013 Le Mont Benoit is 95% Pinot Noir and 5% Chardonnay vinified in a 600-liter oak cask. Vertical structure and a sense of gravitas are two of the signatures. Lemon peel, dried flowers and chamomile are some of the many notes that fill out the wine's broad frame. There is no shortage of power, but the Annee has a bit less finesse than the very best wines in the range. Dosage is 3 grams per liter. Disgorged February 2017.
93 points
Antonio Galloni - Vinous

Disgorged in January 2018, this has a richer attitude than the 2014 with strong presence on the palate. The nose has expressive aromas of ripe, exotic fruit with orange blossom and light, vanilla-dusted, chalky minerals. The palate has rich citrus flavors in the blood-orange zone. Silky, rich and fluid. Super exotic finish. Drink or hold.
94 points