About the Wine
Beaujolais was once called 'poor man's Burgundy.' Punters absolutely latched on to this idea and, slowly, prices of Beaujolais began to rise. While it's still cheaper than Burgundy, by a long way, finding value is getting a bit trickier.
Enter Domaine Laurent-Savoye. For the price, this wine absolutely knocks it out of the park. This isn't a light and fluffy Beaujolais - it has substance, weight and texture. It's lifted and fragrant, with dark forest fruits and a touch of candied raspberry, but you'll also find grainy tannins and ground spices. It has all the complexity and beauty of a forest after a storm. Amazing wine at an amazing price.
About Domaine Laurent-Savoye
Laurent Savoye controls 9 hectares of vineyards in Burgundy and Beaujolais, under the name of Domaine des Combiers. They are some of the steepest in the regions and, when it comes to Beaujolais, are over 100 years old. He keeps things traditional, as did his father, grandfather and great-grandfather - harvests are managed by hand, with no industrial fertilisation or sprays in the vineyards.
What really sets Laurent Savoye apart, though, is the sheer value. Given the age of the vineyards and the manual labour costs, you'd expect some extreme pricing. Instead, you get value for money wines across the range. They are wines of finesse, subtlety and marketed to be wines for the people.