Domaine CAMUS-BRUCHON (Savigny-les-Beaune) -- 2015 Tasted from Tank Sample

Guillaume Camus said that he began harvesting on 2 September and the harvest lasted 6-1/2 days. About 20-30% of the stems were retained. He gave the wines 12 months in cask before moving them to stainless steel tanks in advance of bottling. There was no bâtonnage (stirring of the lies). Malolactic fermentations began in March, which was earlier than usual, and some finished in May, some later. There were also some instances of some malos that began even later and went until August.

Gillaume said that there was so little juice that he had to really work to get it out. Alcohols are about 12.7º for the Bourgogne, 13º for the village and premier cru wines.

The vines here are generally old and extremely old and this is a very good source for wines of quality much better than the prices would suggest. 

2015 Savigny-les-Beaune   Les Goudelets   blanc
The nose here is mineral and stony, quite typical of this part of Savigny. The mouth shows finesse, minerality, smoothness, and apply fruit. This should be good drinking right from the beginning. Very limestone soils here from the upper part of the slopes. (87-90)

2015 Bourgogne    Pinot Noir
Switching to red, the nose here is strawberry and mineral. The mouth is fresh and light with strawberry fruit, minerality, and plenty of finesse. No lack of substance, either. (86-89)

2015 Chorey-les-Beaune
Camus-Bruchon’s Chorey is less open in the nose than the Bourgogne, but there is some stoniness here. The fruit is darker than that of the Bourgogne and there is more weight here with structure and good length but still finesse. This is a very good example of Chorey should you come across it. (86-90)

2015 Savigny-les-Beaune   Cuvée Reine Joly
This is an assemblage of three parcels, where the youngest vines are 45 years-old, named after Guillaume’s ancestor who founded the estate in the first part of the 19th century. The nose shows dark fruit. The mouth has good structure to go with a body that is light in weight. The wine shows good concentration, dark fruit flavors, and good freshness. There are three terroirs for this wine: very clay soils; gravelly soils; and slope with clay soils. (88-91)

2015 Savigny-les-Beaune    Les Pimentiers
Pimentiers is one of the top lieux-dits for village Savigny, and Camus-Bruchon’s vines date to 1929, planted at 13,000 plants/ha. (Camus-Bruchon does have some vines in this vineyard that date to 1991, but the grapes or wine from those vines are always sold off to négociants.)  (89-92)

2015 Savigny-les-Beaune    Grands Liards
The Grands Liards is from a lieu-dit even more esteemed than Pimentiers, and the vines here date to 1913 and 1922. The topsoils are clay and limestone with rock for the suboil. The nose shows floral dark fruits. The mouth is very deep with dark fruit, minerality, and old vine density of texture. There’s also finesse here and smoothness on the palate, plus good length and some tannins. In short, a superb village wine worth your efforts to seek out. (91-94)

2015 Savigny-les-Beaune    1er Cru     Gravains
Moving to the premiers crus, the Gravains has floral, dark fruit aromas. The mouth is light and energetic with finesse and long development of its dark fruits. There’s also a bit of juiciness here. This wine is easy to drink now, but has tannin that will permit aging. Guillaume comments that the soils here are very fine with limstone subsoils and white marl. This is the youngest of the estate’s premiers cru holdings, about 40 years-old. Raised half in 500-liter new oak casks. (91-94)

2015 Savigny-les-Beaune     1er Cru     Lavières
The Lavières is ample and round with dark and red fruits and good underlying acidity. This is an easy-to-approach wine that is long and dense. 30% new oak here. (90-93)

2015 Savigny-les-Beaune    1er Cru    Narbantons
The Narbantons is from vines planted in the 1960s. The wine is generous and round, as is typical of wines from this vineyard, with density and soft tannins. There’s more finesse than usual for Narbantons. Usually, wines from Savigny’s southern slope are easily identifiable, but this one is not. (90-93)

2015 Beaune    1er Cru   Clos du Roi
Adding the drought to the stress of the hail over the three previous years was just to much. There was sunburn and the vines lost their leaves, and so total harvest in 2015 here was just two barrels. The wine gives very ripe flavors that in the end may be over-the-top, although there is also structure here and hints of finesse. The acidity is low but not deficient and the wine is not flabby. Some will like this more than I, but for me, it’s a wait-and-see wine. Two barrels, both one year-old. (86-90?)

2015 Pommard    1er Cru    Les Arvelets
Here the 2012-13-2014 hails were moderate, as the wall near the vines provided some protection. The nose features dark fruits and stoniness. The mouth shows finesse and good structure with intense dark fruits, some tannins, and good length. Two barrels of this wine, too, both one year-old. (90-94)