DOMAINE MAURICE ECARD
This Domaine has been producing one of the best Premiers Crus in Savigny for more than 200 years. Owner Maurice Ecard, who is now retired, was considered by many experts to be the father of the appellation. The new owner, Vincent Sauvestre, has been carefully following Maurice Ecard's footstep in order to continue his legacy.
Domaine Maurice Ecard's wines reflect the appellation and take the best of what Pinot Noir has to offer for the reds: a ton of fruit, a little earthiness (but no funky aromas) and a distinctive minerality, which indicates the origin of the soils where the grapes were grown. As far as the whites, the idea is to make fun, affordable, typical of the region, with good minerality and acidity in order to go quite well with food.
The Domaine dates back to before 1789. The vineyards measure 15 hectares (37.2 acres) located mostly in Savigny-les-Beaune. The Bourgogne Blanc and Bourgogne Rouge are made from grapes grown right outside of the Savigny-les-Beaune Appellation.
Between the Hill of Corton and Beaune, the landscape opens up like a map unfolding. The hills of the Côte de Beaune recede a little on either side of the little river Rhoin. These vineyards are of ancient lineage. For much of their history, they belonged to the domaine of the Dukes of Burgundy, to neighbouring religious houses, or to the Knights of Malta. An imposing 14th century castle testifies to the appellation's aristocratic qualifications. The AOC status dates from 1937.