2015 Savart Le Mont Benoit Champagne
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.
The 2015 Extra Brut Premier Cru Le Mont Benoit was—like Savart's Mont de Chrétiens—disgorged with only two grams per liter dosage in lieu of the normal three. It was showing especially well during my spring visit to the domaine, bursting with aromas of orange rind, crisp green apple, white flowers and almond paste, the prelude to a medium to full-bodied, layered and racy palate that's long, penetrating and saline on the finish.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate #244 (Aug 2019)
From a 50-year-old vineyard, co-planted to 95% pinot noir and 5% chardonnay, which are picked and pressed together. The nose is quite chalky with minerals and red flowers, as well as grapefruit. The palate has a very assertive feel and good power, offering pink grapefruit with central focus and a long, powerful, sapid, red-fruit finish. Good acidity here, too. Drink now.