Perhaps named for the gravel permeating this vineyard, what is certain is that the “Gravains” vineyard is some of the most premiere land in the Savigny-lès-Beaune, if not the Côte de Beaune at large. Rugged limestone and chalk soils challenge the vines, while the southern facing aspect affords plenty of sunshine. The old vines (Vieilles Vignes), some nearly 80 years old, grow petite yields. On Ecard's watch, these intense grapes produce wines with a complex and rich mouthfeel.
Ecard’s “Gravains” is a fine value, and another reason for Pinot Noir lovers to rejoice. Moreover, 2015 was a fantastic vintage in the Côte de Beaune, which gave rich, ripe Pinot Noirs.
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.