2012 Domaine Pavelot (Jean-Marc & Hughes) Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "La Dominode"

SKU #1346147 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru La Dominode has an elegant, almost ethereal bouquet with floral notes, more rose petal than violets infusing the exceptionally pure mixture of red and black fruit. The palate is crisp and pointed on the entry: dark cherries, citrus lemon and blood orange all vying for attention, with an assertive grip on the focused, mineral-rich finish. Stunning. (RP)  (12/2013)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep red. Aromas of black raspberry, mint and minerals. Sweet, tactile and chewy but silky and round too, showing the most refined texture of this set of 2012s. Densely packed and very complex, throwing off slightly wild flavors of licorice, mocha, iron, coffee, game and brown spices. Finishes sweet, spicy and long, with well-buffered tannins and sexy soil tones. This deep wine is likely to call for at least three or four years of bottle aging. (ST)  (1/2014)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is the first wine to display any significant amount of wood though it is not enough to detract from the aromas of plum, earth and spice. There is a velvety texture to the notably rich and solidly concentrated medium weight flavors that also display ample minerality on the saline, dusty, intense and palate coating finish. While this isn't necessarily a good candidate for early consumption it should be approachable after 5 years or so of bottle age.  (4/2014)

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