- Maillard Savigny-les Beaune Rouge 1993 Product #24542 (In Stock)
I first tasted this wine last January about two-thirds of the way through a monumental feast at Pascal Maillard’s house. It was served blind to a group of wine professionals who loved it, but were virtually to a person convinced it was a late 1990s 1er Cru Aloxe Corton or, perhaps, even a weaker vintage of grand cru Corton Renardes. We were all shocked that this was “just” village level Savigny-les-Beaune and that, at 18 years of age, it was so lively and fresh. We persuaded Pascal to sell us 8 cases of his minimal remaining stock of the wine, all imported directly from the domaine by Olivier Daubress just for us – and you!
At first glance, it’s clear this is a maturing Burgundy, with a dark, earthy, indigo core showing tawny highlights and some amber at the rim. The aromas are wildly complex: the aromas of a dark forest floor after a rain and fresh mushrooms surround the spiced raspberry fruit. In them mouth, the fruit is still lively and beautifully sweet/tart – cassis and raspberries with a lemony edge – but the woodsy mushroom and earth flavors are really the stars of the show. The texture if silk-like at first with a slick, glycerin, feel before the firm tannins come up to give things structure and make your mouth water for roast duck or sauted mushrooms.
- Maillard Corton Renardes Grand Cru 1993 Product #26602 (In Stock)
Just what you'd expect and hope for in a mature Grand Cru red Burgundy from an outstanding site, winemaker, and vintage. Black berries and plum fruit, dusky earth, roasted meat, and earthy mushroom all show on the complex nose and palate. Still weighty and powerful - it is Grand Cru, after all - but with a sense of seamless elegance and grace as well. Hard to describe, easy to drink. Very limited.