Fanny Sabre

France - Côte de Beaune

Fanny Sabre hadn’t planned to be a winemaker. She was at university studying law when her father died and she took over the running of the estate. It was then that she discovered that she enjoyed it. Initially, it was with the help of natural wine pioneer Philippe Pacalet, who stepped in to help following Fanny’s father’s death, but soon Fanny learnt his methods, which were initially unusual for her – the estate was used to conventional farming. When Pacalet moved on to his own projects once more, Fanny, then in her mid-20s, was left to manage the estate on her own. Now she does most of the work herself, and she does it using entirely organic methods.

The grapes are all grown organically and harvested manually. Manual ploughing takes place between the rows of vines, which are sprayed only with organic mixtures. No herbicides are used. The wines are produced on a small scale, with each vine monitored closely and with meticulous attention to detail in the cellar. No synthetic chemicals are added, with natural treatments used instead during the process.

 

 

Her cellar itself, in the small town of Pommard, is also steeped in history. One of the rooms Fanny uses for storing the wines was once a gun powder room, and above it once stood the local fort. The walls hang with ancient yeasts and microbes that are vital to the fermentation process. The grapes are crushed using a pneumatic press, before the white wines are fermented in old oak barrels, and wood and concrete vats are used for the whole-bunch maceration of the reds. Indigenous local yeasts replace the standard imported species used conventionally. The wines are then aged for at least a year, without racking or fining and with only one very light stirring. The different wines are then put in stainless steel vats for three to four months before they are roughly filtrated and bottled by hand using a gravity bottle filler and manual corker.

Despite the tiny estate, Fanny Sabre still manages to use the terroir effectively enough to produce 15 different wines. In her own words, she wants her wines to be alive. They certainly liven up those who enjoy her wines.

 

 

 * Listen to Fanny Sabre's podcast on Interpreting wine, by Lawrence Francis 

Fanny Sabre Winelist

Vintages & Larger Formats

NAME PRICE Size VINTAGE
Bourgogne Aligote Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
IGP Sainte Marie la Blanche "Anatole" WHITE Login Bottle (75cl) 2017
Bourgogne Blanc Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Bourgogne Blanc Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Pernand-Vergelesses Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Pernand-Vergelesses Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Beaune white Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Beaune "Clos des Renardes" White Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Savigny-les-Beaune white Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Savigny-les-Beaune white Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Saint Romain Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Rully 1er Cru Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Santenay Village Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Santenay 1er Cru Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Meursault White Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Meursault 1er Cru "Les Charmes" Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
IGP Sainte Marie la Blanche "Anatole" Red Login Bottle (75cl) 2017
Bourgogne Rouge Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Auxey Duresses Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Monthélie Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Monthélie Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Monthélie Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Monthélie Login Bottle (75cl) 2013
Monthélie Login Bottle (75cl) 2012
Monthélie Login Bottle (75cl) 2011
Savigny-Les-Beaune red Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Beaune red Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Beaune red Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Beaune red Login Bottle (75cl) 2013
Beaune red Login Bottle (75cl) 2011
Beaune "Clos Des Renardes" Red Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Beaune 1er Cru Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Beaune 1er Cru Login Bottle (75cl) 2013
Volnay Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Volnay Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Volnay Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Volnay Login Bottle (75cl) 2012
Volnay 1er Cru "Les Mitans" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Pommard Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Pommard Login Magnum (150cl) 2015
Pommard Login Magnum (150cl) 2013
Pommard 1er Cru "les Charmots" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015

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