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2019 La Dominode Premier Cru from Jean-Marc & Hugues Pavelot

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.

2019 Savigny Les Beaune La Dominode

Pavelot; Jean-Marc

Burgundy / France
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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.”


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