Frédéric Savart 
L’Ouverture NV
Champagne, France
6 Pack

$900.00 $870.00

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Earth
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Included in this Pack:

6 bottles NV Frédéric Savart L’Ouverture

This is Fred Savart’s entry level Champagne but it is far from one-dimensional. It is 100% Pinot Noir all from the village of Ecueil, half of which was fermented in mostly neutral barrel with the other half is fermented in stainless steel. The wine only sees partial malolactic fermentation. Fred doesn’t guide the malolactic fermentation, instead it is the inclusion of reserve wine that goes through malolactic fermentation because it has gone more temperature swings. The wine is in equal parts a blend of three successive vintages (13, 14 & 15) and aged under cork, not crown cap. Dosage is 7g/L.

The fruit here is always picked when the grapes have lovely ripe flavours. Cherry, blood plum, and wild raspberry dominate the fruit profile. Under this is a depth of non fruit character provided by the reverse wine. Nutty, smoke, butter and toast are intwined. It’s the palate where things get really interesting. A beautiful pristine line of acidity runs through this wine, while the fruit lingers off the sides. Again, the minerality lingers with a smoky edge. This is truly a classy champagne.

Producer Profile

Frédéric was born into a family of vignerons, but his real dream was to be a professional footballer. He even signed a youth contract with Stade de Reims, playing as an attacking midfielder, but after meeting the woman who was to become his wife, he refused a potential transfer to another club, and decided to return home to work with his father, Daniel. 

The family estate was founded by Daniel's father, René Savart, who purchased his first vines in 1947. Daniel himself took over the winemaking in the 1970s, although production remained extremely small until the mid-1980s, when he significantly expanded the family's vineyard holdings. Since 2005, Frédéric has been at the helm of the estate, although Daniel continues to be very much present, cheerfully greeting visitors and happy to share a glass of wine.

Today, the Savarts farm four hectares of vines, three in Ecueil and one in the neighboring village of Villiers-aux-Noeuds. Nearly all of it is pinot noir, with just a half-hectare of chardonnay: "Historically, Ecueil is a pinot noir terroir," says Frédéric Savart. His philosophy in the vineyards is to prevent disease as much as possible, rather than treat it—towards this end, he prefers a holistic approach, creating an environment within which the plant is better equipped to resist malady on its own. The soils in this area can vary: many parcels in Ecueil are notably sandy, although there's more clay on the mid-slope, and a few areas that are relatively chalky. The soils of Villiers-aux-Noeuds are generally chalkier than those of Ecueil, and Savart's vineyards here are particularly prized for their sélection massale of the renowned pinot fin d'Ecueil, planted here by Daniel and René.

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Review

Included in this Pack:

6 bottles NV Frédéric Savart L’Ouverture

This is Fred Savart’s entry level Champagne but it is far from one-dimensional. It is 100% Pinot Noir all from the village of Ecueil, half of which was fermented in mostly neutral barrel with the other half is fermented in stainless steel. The wine only sees partial malolactic fermentation. Fred doesn’t guide the malolactic fermentation, instead it is the inclusion of reserve wine that goes through malolactic fermentation because it has gone more temperature swings. The wine is in equal parts a blend of three successive vintages (13, 14 & 15) and aged under cork, not crown cap. Dosage is 7g/L.

The fruit here is always picked when the grapes have lovely ripe flavours. Cherry, blood plum, and wild raspberry dominate the fruit profile. Under this is a depth of non fruit character provided by the reverse wine. Nutty, smoke, butter and toast are intwined. It’s the palate where things get really interesting. A beautiful pristine line of acidity runs through this wine, while the fruit lingers off the sides. Again, the minerality lingers with a smoky edge. This is truly a classy champagne.