2012 Savigny Les Beaune Aux Guettes Jean-Marc Pavelot



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Average critic rating : 92.5 points

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Here the nose presents a completely different aromatic profile with its somber and intensely earthy dark berry fruit aromas that are liberally cut with humus and sauvage hints. There is both good volume and delineation to the more obviously mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration that buffers the firm tannic spine on the energetic, focused and impressively persistent finish. Good stuff and worth considering though this is not a good candidate for early consumption. Tasted: Apr 15, 2014. Drink: 2020+

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The 2012 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Guettes has a refined, very feminine bouquet with laser-like precision, cut from the similar fine cloth as the Serpentieres. The palate errs towards the red fruit spectrum. The acidity is just perfectly judged lending this Savigny entrancing precision and focus. This is simply outstanding. ||Sometimes it can be a hindrance when wines are uniformly good. As I quipped to Hugues Pavelot, a writer prefers to use a sliding rule of adjectives rather than synonyms for “excellent”. But I had no other recourse tasting through a scintillating set of Savigny-les-Beaune wines from quite possibly the village’s finest producer. The harvest here commenced on September 20 with low yields hovering around 20-25 hectoliters per hectare, bunches fully de-stemmed. Furthermore, the domaine’s portfolio has been curtailed, as some parcels leased from their aunt in Pernand-Vergelesses have had to be relinquished. Their 2012s, which were taken directly from barrels that had just been racked, were surfeit with energy, vivacity, purity and terroir expression, to the point where I had to ask, what more could you want from such wines? Chapeau Hugues et Pierre-Yves Pavelot! eRobertParker.com.December, 2013

Domaine Jean-Marc & Hugues Pavelot is a relatively new discovery for F+R and we have been shipping their outstandingly good Savignys for just under two years.

Hugues Pavelot, like many Burgundians, is both quiet and unassuming. The winemaking here is uncomplicated yet precise, and spending half an hour chatting and tasting shows his clear passion and understanding of the soil. Their vineyards spread across the appellation of Savigny, and a tasting here is a lesson in the quality and variety of terroir in Savigny. These wines remain under the radar for the moment and offer exceptional value. There is remarkable complexity and expression of terroir here.



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