Pavelot is one of the best names in Savigny-lès-Beaune, producing pure, structured and complex expressions of the village.
Hugues Pavelot told us how Savigny had escaped the frost in 2019, but there’s still 40% less in the cellar thanks to a cool period over flowering. While yields were low, quality is unsurprisingly high. For Hugues, the wines have density, fruit and freshness; the 2019s, he feels, deserve time in the cellar to unfurl. He toned down extraction given the ripeness of the vintage and increased the proportion of whole-bunch to add freshness.
While the whole range was impressive, La Dominode was a star of our tasting. The Pavelot family has over two hectares of this Premier Cru, and almost half the vines are 80 years old. The wine is silken with a chalky grip, the fruit crunchy and bright, while there’s a mineral line running through its core. It’s delicious now, but will be better in five years, guaranteed to offer more over the following decade.
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“This manages to effortlessly combine a subtle, chalky grip with a silk-like mouth-feel. The fruit is ripe, smooth and lush but also crunchy and bright – a mouthful of crushed raspberries and blueberries, with a burst of redcurrant acidity rushing through the palate. There’s a mineral freshness to this full yet fine wine. Lovely.”