Domaine Michel Noellat is in Vosne-Romanee, near Domaine Leroy. The 66-acre estate is owned and operated by brothers Alain and Jean-Marc Noellat, who are the fifth generation to run the enterprise. The brothers’ adult children, cousins Sophie and Sebastian, are now also involved in running the domaine. This large domaine has parcels in numerous appellations from Marsanny-la-Cote to Pommard. There are two Grand Crus, eight Premier Crus and numerous village wines. Altogether Domaine Michel Noellat has nearly 100 parcels in 22 appellations and produces about 90,000 bottles annually. Grand Cru parcels are in Clos Vougeot and Echezeaux. Premier Cru parcels are in both the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune. The family also has a small negociant business.
Savigny-lès-Beaune is the third largest producing appellation in the Côte de Beaune and has 1,343 vineyard acres. Located three miles north of Beaune, the commune of Savigny-lès-Beaune is one of Burgundy’s largest communes with early 1,500 inhabitants. Some 97% of the vineyards are planted to Pinot Noir, with the remainder planted to Chardonnay. And though there are no Grands Crus, there are 22 Premiers Crus in whole or part. The appellation is divided into vineyards that are either on the hillsides to the north of the highway and river, or on the hillsides to the south. Many reviewers believe that the best vineyards are to the north of the highway, and they include Aux Serpentieres, Aux Vergelesses, and Les Lavieres, among others. The northern vineyards have some of the best southern exposure in Burgundy, which accounts for the quality of the wines from those vineyards. The wines of Savigny-lès-Beaune are considered lighter than many other Burgundy reds. However Robert M. Parker Jr. has noted that the “top wines are usually ready to drink young and are very fruity and stylish…”
This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.