2015 Domaine Jean-Marc & Hughes Pavelot Savigny-les-Beaune "Les Lavieres" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1323746 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières has a pastille-like quality to the nose: strawberry, red plums with just a hint of cassis in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a sensual opening that almost catches you off-guard. The tannins feel so supple and lithe in the mouth. It is beautifully balanced with a satin-like texture towards the sustained finish. Often one of Pavelot's strongest wines, this is gorgeous!(NM)  (12/2016)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This too is very ripe though the liqueur-like aromas of plum, pungent iron-inflected earth and humus are slightly fresher. This heightened sense of freshness carries over to the palate as well as there is a lovely sense of energy to the detailed and mineral-driven flavors that possess a refined mouth feel thanks mainly to the dense and fine grain of the tannins on the palate coating finish. This is really very good and worth considering.  (4/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 20% vendange entier): Good dark red. Aromas of black cherry, violet and licorice. Densely packed and sweet, with its concentrated black fruit and licorice flavors complicated by saline minerality. No hard edges here. Finishes with intriguing saline minerality and very good length and cut.(ST)  (1/2017)

90-91 points John Gilman

 The 2015 les Lavières was a bit grumpy at the time of my visit, having been racked not too long in advance of my trip, and perhaps it is even better than it was showing on this particular day. This too seems a bit riper than most of the other Savigny premier crus in the cellar in 2015, but it is also nicely structured and shows a good base of soil as well. The bouquet is a complex blend of black cherries, plums, chocolate, game, a touch of spice tones and cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely structured, with a plump core, ripe tannins and a long, focused and nascently complex finish. The fruit tones here are not quite as ripe as in the Bressandes, but they show the torrid summer conditions a bit more today than for example, the Guettes or Gravains. 2021-2055.  (1/2017)

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