The Village: Savigny-lès-Beaune lies between Beaune to the south and to the north Pernand-Vergelesses with Aloxe-Corton to the east. This vibrant little village is both picturesque and charming. The village dates to the Roman-Gallo Villa Saviniaci. Its twelfth century church, two châteaux, and similarly venerable homes surrounded by their vineyards, invite exploration. Moreover, many (12) of the walls of Savigny's edifices are engraved with wall inscriptions, often on the subject of wine. These date from about 1700 when monsieur de Migieu, who owned the Château de Savigny, had them engraved. One states: "Les vins de Savigny sont nourrissants, théologiques et morbifuges." ("The wines of Savigny are nourishing, theological and death-preventive.") This was doubtless inspired by the Vatican's impressive orders for Savigny's wines, which were far in excess of that needed to celebrate the mass.
Today Savigny is village of 1,450 inhabitants (only twice the number from the 13th century!). It is well know for two annual festivals, the first is Bienvenue à Savigny (Welcome to Savigny) held the first weekend in May when most of the village winemakers open their doors for tasting. The second in mid July is Savigny en Tous Sens (Savigny in All Senses) when the village hosts a balade gourmande, featuring numerous village wines, that ends with a sit-down dinner at the Château. This event requires a ticket that can be obtained from the event web site http://www.savigny-entoussens.com/).
Savigny is also the home to Cousinerie de Bourgogne, a society of approximately 200 devoted to the celebration of wine.
The Wines: Savigny is the third largest producer of red wine in the Côte d'Or behind Beaune and Pommard. It also produces small amounts of whites, rosés, and crémants.
Savigny has no Grand Crus but more Premier Crus than any other village on the Côte d'Or. The village has 22 Premier Crus totaling 141.5 ha, split into two groups by the river Rhoin which runs through it from the Haut Côte down to the plain, those south of the village toward Beaune include les Rouvrettes, Redrescul, les Haut Jarron, La Dominode, les Jarron, les Narbantons, les Haut Marconnets, les Marconnets and those north of the village toward Pernand include Aux Guettes, Aux Clous, Aux Serpentières, Aux Gravains, Petites-Godeaux, les Charnières, les Talmettes, les Lavières, les Vergelesses, Batailière, les Basses-Vergelesses, Champ-Chevrey, and Aux Fourneaux.
Savigny's vineyards show two distinct terroirs. Those to the north of the Rhoin face almost due south with full sun and are rich in limestones but with shallow soil, producing lighter, fruitier, faster-maturing wines; those to the south of Rhoin face almost due east (with 1-2 hours less sun) and are sandier with deep soil, producing fuller, more earthy, longer-lived wines.
There are also 212.5 ha of village wines including Aux Grands Liards with its vines planted in 1913 and approaching their 100 year anniversary. The village also has 190 ha of regional burgundy vineyards. Of particular importance in the village is the production of crémants, which was started in 1825. The lesser central vineyards lie mostly along the bank of the little Rhoin River, which runs between the two Côtes of Savigny.