FANNY SABRE, Pommard Organic, Natural
Fanny Sabre took over her family estate in 2006 following the passing of her father. She hadn’t planned to be a winemaker as she was studying law.
Fanny soon realised she really enjoyed working in the vineyard and making wine. She received help from Philippe Pacalet, a well-known natural wine producer, she got familiar with organic farming and light-handed, natural approach in the cellar.
When Pacalet moved on to his own projects, Fanny, then in her mid-20s, was left to manage the estate on her own. Now she still does most of the work herself. The 4.5 ha vineyard is farmed organically, meticulous care is given to each parcel to produce the healthiest grapes from which Fanny crafts expressive, alluring micro-cuvées. The approach in the cellar is as gentle as it gets, with no additives and only tiny doses of SO2 at bottling.
The whites are lightly crushed in a pneumatic press and transferred in old oak barrels where they ferment and age on their lees, only one batonnage and no racking. The reds grapes are placed in wooden and cement vats, whole bunch and after semi-carbonic maceration and pigeage, they are transferred to old oak barrels to ferment (with native yeasts) and left to age for a year without racking.
After a year, both reds and whites are transferred to stainless steel vats for 4 months and are bottled manually, using gravity, unfined, with only a very light filtration.
Savigny-les-Beaune come from 40/50 year-old Chardonnay vines, planted on limestone, clayey soils. Following a short cold maceration, the destemmed grapes are lightly pressed and the juice transferred to old oak barrels, where spontaneous fermentation, malolactic and ageing take place. A year later, the wine is placed in stainless steel vat for 4 month, then bottled without fining and ultra light filtration. The palate is pure and focused, expressing perfectly ripe fruit with mouth-watering freshness.