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The 2017 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Narbantons will be one of the longer-lived wines in this year's portfolio. Aromas of dark cherry fruit, cassis, baking chocolate and spices preface a medium to full-bodied, concentrated wine with chewy structure and a deep, dense core. This has good potential but will demand a little patience.
This too is restrained and it requires aggressive swirling to reveal a layered mix of plum, red cherry, raspberry and floral nuances trimmed in subtle wood influence. The delicious and equally vibrant medium weight flavors do not possess quite the same mid-palate density before concluding in a mildly austere and warm finish. This is delicious but not quite as complete as the Gravains and Lavières.
The 2017 Narbantons from Monsieur Camus was raised in about thirty-five percent new oak, as there is one, new, six hundred liter cask, five older barrels and one new barrel utilized in the cuvée. The wine has turned out beautifully, delivering a fine aromatic constellation of pomegranate, red and black cherries, lovely spice tones, dark soil, bonfire, venison, vanillin oak and a touch of orange peel in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full, sappy and superbly focused, with lovely backend mineral drive, fine-grained tannins and excellent length and grip on the poised and nascently complex finish. An excellent Narbantons in the making.