The World of Wine Review: The 2012 Francine et Olivier Savary Chablis underwent alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and the wine was then aged on fine lees. This is a clear white wine, straw-hay in color with low concentration and medium- viscosity. On the nose it has subtle aromas of peanut shell, under cooked oatmeal, watercress, cooked cabbage water, cheese rind, and a hint of flint and chalk. On the palate it has flavors of fresh lemons, hints of green apple, apricot and chalk. It is dry with medium+ to high acidity, it is medium bodied with medium+ alcohol and medium+ to long finish.
Domaine Savary is in Maligny, a village just north of Chablis located between between Paris and Dijon. Olivier and Francine Savary have been vignerons since 1984 but many of Olivier’s family members were vignerons. Olivier attended wine school in Dijon and Olivier and Francine arranged to farm some vineyard land en métayage (share cropping) in the Chablis and Petit Chablis appellations. Initially Olivier sold off the majority of his production in bulk to a négociant. Then with the help of his longtime neighbor and childhood friend, Jean-Marie Raveneau, Olivier finally began bottling under his own label. The grapes from his vineyards throughout the Chablis appellation are blended into one village wine cuvée.