Early in the Middle Ages, names were often given to vineyards for the fauna or vegetation found therein: partridges, oak trees, snakes ("serpents" in French). This is how "Serpentières" received its name, and has kept it ever since.
Savigny-lès-Beaune is a large village in the Côte de Beaune sub-region of Burgundy, nestled between the hillsides of a sub-valley in the Côte d'Or escarpment. The last part of the name reflects the village's location; it is just a short distance away from the town of Beaune. Almost all Savigny-les-Beaune wines are red, produced from Pinot Noir. They are similar in style to the red wines of Beaune, being neither as elegant as Volnay nor as powerful as Pommard, yet generally reliable and good value for money.Domaine Maurice Ecard dates back to before 1789 and produces some of the best Premiers Crus in Savigny. Maurice, who is now retired, was considered by many experts to be the father of the appellation. Today his wines are made by his longtime assistance Vincent Sauvestere who comes from a long line of winemakers in Meursault.