2/1/14 The third scheduled appointment of the day was just as compelling as the first two, and just as different. Of all the vignerons I met, Fred Savart was the one that the most into wine. I mean really into wine, we spent half the appointment talking about other wines, burgundy, Rhone, Oregon, Champagne, it was a blast. It was also a refreshing change since so few people in champagne seem to have a clue about the rest of France let alone the rest of the world.
Fred's winery was going through a remodel and expansion, so clearly what he's doing is working. We did a quick tour and then went to the barrel room where he showed me his collection of various sized oak barrels including some from Stockinger. Like Peters and Bereche, Savart swears these are the best barrels.
We tasted through a number of vin clair which were compelling. I asked Fred what he thought was typical for Ecueil, the village he's based in at the northwestern end of the Montagne de Reims or the Petite Montagne. He, in his humble way, thinks the Pinot from his village is like Rayas from Chateauneuf du Pape, subtle but very complex, the vines here get lots of sun and variety of expositions.
After tasting through the barrels, we went down to taste the wine, and on the way we admired his extensive collection of really great empty wine bottles. We compared notes, bragged, an just had a good time. As I tasted through Fred's wines, I realized that I just wanted to drink them. I took lots of notes and there's plenty of intellectual components there, but honestly they're just delicious. I wanted to drink them and hang out, essentially that's what we did, it wasn't studious like Prevost, or business minded like Geoffroy, it was just two guys hanging out drinking and shooting the shit. Pretty perfect. That being said, I'm hoping to get the 2009 Expression because that wine is sexy! Overall Fred's wines are hedonistic and help you remember why you enjoy wine in the first place, assuming you like high acid wines with lots of fruit and a bit of oak.