2005 Domaine Pavelot (Jean-Marc & Hughes) Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "La Dominode" (1.5L)

SKU #1331594 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (vinified with one-third whole clusters) Deep ruby-red. Brooding black fruits, licorice and minerals on the nose and palate. Dense, sweet and chewy, with an impression of brooding power and spine that reminded me of an example from the southern Cote de Nuits. A strong licorice flavor and bracing acids give this excellent grip. Dominated by its structure today but built to age. 92+ (ST)  (3/2008)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pungent nose features notes of menthol, earth, spice and ripe dark berry fruit aromas. There is impressive richness to the full-bodied suave, round and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that are supported by robust tannins on the lingering finish. This is a big Savigny and this clearly has not reached its apogee, indeed in magnum format it will need another 7 to 10 years.  (6/2015)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The anticipated high point of this and any Pavelot collection, their 2005 Savigny-les-Beaune La Dominode gives an intense but somber performance this year, leading with blackberry, plum paste, game, and nut oil aromas, filling the mouth with medicinal bitter herbs and black fruit tinged with iodine and wet stone, and gripping – along similarly medicinal and mineral lines – with downright severe concentration. This will need some months to sort itself out and then a good decade in the cellar to approach its full potential, which will almost certainly prove more formidable than that of its stable mates. (Although wines of Savigny lack the cachet of those from Volnay, Pommard or Beaune, never underestimate either their seriousness nor their proclivity for long life!) (DS)  (6/2007)

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