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Savagnin

Savagnin, or Savagnin blanc, is a white grape variety grown mainly in the Jura region of France, as well as in other parts of Europe and even overseas. It is a versatile variety, capable of producing dry, off-dry, sweet and oxidative styles of wine.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Savagnin is a white variety that produces yellow-green grapes with a thick skin. It has high acidity, with subtle aromas of earth, spice, citrus, white flowers and nuts on the nose. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with flavours of lemon and apple, a slight bitterness and a long finish.

Fresh Savagnin grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Savagnin is most commonly grown in the Jura region of France, where it is used to produce the famous Vin Jaune, Vin de Paille or even the traditional Jura sparkling wines. Savagnin is an relatively easy variety to grow. It has thick skins and is therefore relatively resistance to the comon pests and diseases. It needs a long growing season and cool climate to reach full ripeness. In the winery, the grapes are usually fermented in stainless steel tanks, with the use of oak barrels for aging common in the Jura region. The most famous style of wine made from Savagnin is Vin Jaune, a dry, oxidative wine that is aged for six years under a layer of flor yeast in old barrels. The other styles produced in the Jura include Vin de Paille, a sweet wine made from air-dried grapes or sparkling wines with the traditional method. Savagnin is a versatile variety that pairs well with a variety of dishes. Dry styles can be enjoyed with seafood or white meats, while sweet styles pair well with creamy cheeses, fruit desserts and foie gras.

Foods to pair with Savagnin:

Asian food
Pasta
Curry
Deep fried
Sausage
Smoky
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Savagnin
Vin jaune is a wine aged under flor for over six years. The vin jaune is then bottled in a special shaped bottles of 62 cl (21 ounces), called clavelins. The wines have some similarity to dry sherry although they are not fortified.

Top Wines with Savagnin

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Rolet Crémant du Jura Brut

Rolet

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Rolet Crémant du Jura Brut is an exquisite sparkling wine that epitomizes the Jura region's winemaking finesse. Crafted by Domaine Rolet Père et Fils, this Crémant showcases the diverse terroirs of AOC Arbois and Côtes du Jura. A harmonious blend of 50% Chardonnay, 10% Savagnin, and 40% Pinot Noir, Trousseau, and Poulsard grapes creates a captivating medley of flavors. The grapes are hand-harvested and gently pressed, followed by the meticulous second fermentation in the bottle. Afterward, the wine matures for a minimum of 12 months on lees, resulting in a sparkling wine with finesse. Expect lively bubbles, delicate fruity notes, and a beautifully balanced, refreshing character – an ode to Jura's exceptional craftsmanship.
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Domaine du Pelican Arbois Savagnin Ouillé

Domaine du Pelican

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Domaine du Pelican Arbois Savagnin Ouillé is a highly sought-after wine produced by the renowned winemaker Guillaume d'Angerville in the Arbois appellation of the Jura region in France. The vineyards are situated on steep slopes with a mix of clay and limestone soils, which impart unique mineral characteristics to the wine. The winemaking process involves aging the wine in oak barrels for several years, resulting in a complex and layered flavor profile with notes of citrus, nuts, and a hint of salinity. This wine is known for its dry and crisp style, making it a perfect pairing for seafood and other light dishes.
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Jean François Ganevat Le Zaune à Dédée Natural

Jean François Ganevat

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Jean François Ganevat Le Zaune à Dédée is a highly sought-after wine produced by the renowned winemaker Jean François Ganevat. This wine comes from the Jura region of France, which is known for its unique terroir and winemaking techniques. The vineyard where the grapes are grown is known for its steep slopes and rocky soil, which gives the wine a distinct minerality. The winemaking process involves natural fermentation and aging in oak barrels, resulting in a complex and nuanced flavor profile. This wine is known for its elegant and refined style, with notes of citrus, stone fruit, and a hint of smokiness. Overall, Jean François Ganevat Le Zaune à Dédée is a must-try for any wine enthusiast looking for a unique and high-quality wine.
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Domaine de la Tournelle Fleur de Savagnin

Domaine de la Tournelle

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Domaine de la Tournelle Fleur de Savagnin is a captivating wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from the esteemed appellation of Arbois in the Jura region of France, this wine is crafted from the Savagnin grape variety. The vineyard features unique terroir, with limestone-rich soils and a cool climate, which imparts distinct characteristics to the wine. The winemaking process involves careful fermentation and aging in neutral oak barrels, resulting in a wine with a rich and complex flavor profile. Fleur de Savagnin is known for its vibrant acidity, pronounced minerality, and enticing aromas of citrus and nuts. It is a truly exceptional wine that embodies the essence of its terroir.
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Jean François Ganevat l'Ailleurs Natural

Jean François Ganevat

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Jean-François Ganevat stands as a singular figure, unparalleled globally. His wines, true gems, reflect the utmost care he bestows upon every inch of his vineyard—a process transforming grapes into liquid gold. Beyond mere biodynamics, Jean-François is a perfectionist, envisioning and executing the intricacies of each small cuvée, each possessing a unique and individual "elevage." Working predominantly in the Jura region, though influenced by his tenure with Jean Marc Morey in Burgundy, Jean-François' vineyards lie nestled between Burgundy and Switzerland. Here, each cuvée becomes an eternal reflection of its terroir, crafted with fervent biodynamic principles, featuring minimal or no sulfur dioxide in certain instances.
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