For 2005 there are some cosmetic updates from the domaine; now we have a more flared bottle shape and a it’s heavier too. The price has gone up quite a bit, which made me want not to like it, but…
2005 Jean-Marc et Hugues Pavelot, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er La Dominode
Medium-plus colour. The nose starts as a sumptuous swirl of deep cherry and well-integrated oak, an hour from opening and it’s tighter with edges of tobacco and cocoa. Like the nose, this starts hyper-concentrated yet plush, but like the nose it’s a transitory period before it tightens to show its inner self; intensity, excellent acidity and furry tannin before a good finish. Sumptuous and hedonistic for 25 minutes, underneath there’s the power and structure for 25 years of development. Given the tightening I would suggest drinking only over the next 6 months before sleeping for at least 10-plus – but buy all you can find, and that’s despite a 30% price increase over the last 4 vintages.
Rebuy – Yes
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My case doesn’t arrive in LA until Jan 08. But I’ve sampled the 05 Bize from Vergelesses and Marconnets…and it’s hard to believe there are any Cote de Beaune rouge that are ‘better’, only of equally magnificent quality.