95pts Tim Atkin
La Savante is something of a bargain in the Domaine Nico range, a wine that offers a glimpse of Chambolle-Musigny heaven at a reasonable price. Pale, haunting and detailed, it comes from a 27-year-old block planted with clones 115 and 777 and has enticing rose petal and ginger spice aromas, tangy raspberry and strawberry fruit and a bright, tapering finish.
95pts James Suckling
Wild smoky raspberries, brambleberries and oyster shells on the nose. Medium-bodied with vibrant acidity and taut, mineral character. Tense and elegant with a fine frame of tannins. Tightly wound. Drink after 2024.
The 2020 Pinot Noir La Savante from Gualtallary, Uco Valley was aged for 15 months in 30% new barrels. Cherry red in color. The nose presents notes of anis, herbs and damp earth with cinnamon and a little ripe cherry along with elegant aromas from the aging process such as cedar and sweet spices. Intense in the mouth, the oak provides a framework for the fresh, chalky palate.
Red fruit with presence of herbs such as thyme, spices, and clove. Medium-high acidity, low alcohol, slight minerality alongside integrated oak and grainy tannins.
Domine Nico grapes are sources from small parcels through 15 different microvinifications. All mincrovinifications were fermented with indigenous yeasts, some with whole cluster. The wine ages in French Oak barels with low production across each.