The wines of Fanny Sabre, Beaune
Lovely natural Burgundies from this young grower

Fanny Sabre is a young winegrower with 4.5 hectares of vines and a cellar in the middle of Beaune. Still in her mid-20s, she makes wines in a very natural manner, which is not surprising when you consider that she learned her trade from Philippe Pacalet, who helped at the domaine when Fanny’s father passed away in 2000.

Fanny does pretty much everything herself, working her vineyards organically. You can read more about her at the excellent Wine Terroirs blog here.

These are quite unusual but wonderfully natural expressions of Burgundy. They are available in the UK from Dudley & de Fleury , whose prices are given in brackets after the notes.


Fanny Sabre Savigny Les Beaune Blanc 2009
Complex nutty nose with notes of apple, pear and meal. The palate is fresh and slightly oxidative with lively mineral notes as well as nuts and apples. Distinctive: really lively and multidimensional. 92/100 (£24.95)

Fanny Sabre Savigny Les Beaune Rouge 2009
Lovely pale red colour. Distinctive reductive matchstick nose with complex red cherry fruit and some smoky, spiciness. The palate is lively and precise with a reductive twist and grippy tannins. Very fresh cherry fruit. Lovely. 92/100 (£29.95)

Sanny Sabre Beaune Rouge 2009
Vivid cherry red colour. Profound, elegant red cherry fruit nose is sweet and pure with some raspberry notes. Fresh, lively and complex. The palate has lovely purity of fruit with real elegance, and also some grip. Fantastic. 94/100 (£29.95)

Fanny Sabre Aloxe Corton 2008
Pale red colour. Brilliantly complex nose of sweet herbs, cherry fruit and spice, with some meatiness. The palate is complex, savoury and fresh with real elegance. A profound wine that combines beauty with some challenging edges, which add to the appeal. 95/100 (£38.75)

See also:

The wines of Philippe Pacalet, Burgundy
The wines of JM Fourrier, Burgundy
Visiting Burgundy (a series)

Wines tasted 09/11  
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