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Average critic rating : 94.0 points
The 2012 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru La Dominode has an elegant, almost ethereal bouquet with floral notes, more rose petal than violets infusing the exceptionally pure mixture of red and black fruit. The palate is crisp and pointed on the entry: dark cherries, citrus lemon and blood orange all vying for attention, with an assertive grip on the focused, mineral-rich finish. Stunning. ||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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