Bottle Notes, Burgundy

2003 Domaine Pavelot 1er Cru La Dominode – Bottle Notes

There have been Pavelot’s in Savigny for many generations, this particular domaine traditionally moving from father to son. Father Jean Marc and son Hugues Pavelot are the driving force behind Domaine Pavelot at present. For a long time, the main outlet for the Pavelots was the negociants of Beaune, even 15 years ago as much as 25% of their product was sold off in bulk. Today all stays within the domaine, and production is over 60,000 bottles from around 12 hectares.

Crimson in color. 13% ABV. Aromas of dark fruits, earth and anise. Medium body and nice acidity. Dried cherries, minerals, earth, baking spices and plums on the palate. The wine has a distinctive dusty, earthy quality. Slight tannins and a long finish. Nice wine from a hot vintage in Burgundy. I’d err on the side of caution and drink this wine sooner rather than later.

My rating: 90 points.

Current vintages of Pavelot La Dominode run about $60. Along with producers like Ecard and Bize I think Pavelot is one of the better values in all of Savigny.

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