Tasted in Savigny with Hugues Pavelot, 02 December, 2015.
Domaine Jean-Marc et Hugues Pavelot
1 chemin des Guettottes
Tel: +33 3 80 21 55 21
Hugues on 2015:
“Certainly an exceptional vintage when you look at the great quality of the raw materials – I never saw such great grapes I think. I wasn’t satisfied by the quantity – we were short of grapes – so not completely satisfied.”
Hugues on 2014:
“2014 is a good vintage with interesting wines. It’s a nice discovery with a large aromatic palette, a certain accessible quality and consistency – it’s certainly not a simple vintage despite the generosity and sweetness – I think it will be very interesting. Yields were only 30 hl/ha despite no hail. So I’ve had to move a little into négoce wines with grape purchases, working with my brother Pierre-Yves and also with my father, Jean-Marc – labelled Bourgogne Hugues Pavelot. It’s nice to get the hands on some other appellations – of course accessible appellations though, so Chorey and Pernand-Vergelesses, for instance.”
Les Beaumonts in bottle since the summer. Harvested exactly like the domaine grapes.
Deep, round inviting, faintly spicy. A good core of intensity that slowly melts to give more mouth-watering and prettier flavours. Bright, pretty finishing flavours with modest structure and a little perfume – nice.
Ready to bottle
Wide, a hint herby and quite some complexity – slowly adding depth too. Fresher, wider, less deep but with plenty of intense flavour – a little more austere vs the Chorey, but lots of interest here, and it will,soften nicely… Again quite perfumed in the finish and it’s a long finish for the label…
A pretty floral nose here going deeper below. Fresh but with good intensity of flavour, a little barrel and a direct line into the mid-palate and finish. Bright and quite concentrated finishing flavour. This will be super…
2014 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Peuillets
A much tighter nose, faintly floral high tones, with nothing showing below. This is bigger and more concentrated – just a little padding lots of material and a faintly bitter aspect, probably from the barriques, but otherwise no overt oak. This will need some time but there’s a lovely crescendo of perfumed flavour in the finish!
2014 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Serpentières
A good deep colour. Also quite tight, but with flashes of precise, dark fruit, and of clarity too. Wider, perhaps faintly less padded but with more implied concentration – slowly the padding of the texture increases as the tannin exerts itself more. Floral and pretty in the finish – easier but nicely complex wine.
2014 Beaune 1er Bressandes
Also a discreet nose, but the dark fruit top notes are very good. Fresh, bright but not piercing, fruit flavour. Structure and relatively bright acidity – more classic than many in 2014. Modestly intense but long finishing. Very good! “Direct rather than fully generous like many – I’m hoping that my 15s will be similar in shape”
Bought these vines in 2011 – then it hailed each year! A little whole-cluster was used here – 30%!
Deep, and if I might be so pseud, but it smells like a mineral Lavières. A sucrosity and succulence of dark fruit is the first impression, before a slowly growing tannin that encircles the flavour rather than offering itself as a base. Nice concentration and once more with lots of perfume in the finish. Excellent!
Negoce. 2010 was last Pernand vintage here but those vines went to an aunt who exploits them from Volnay.
Good colour. Wide, a hint mineral, dark fruit again with freshness too. Like the Lavières this leads with a with a little sweetness and then the fruit pulls you into a tannin that’s a little more obvious and aslo faintly grained. Get past that and the finishing flavour is once again lovely and rather long too. Just needs a little time to soften this tannin. Super!
Fresher top notes, over a tighter core of fruit. This is lovely, lots of tiny fingers pointing at your toungne and saying look at me. Very fine, precise complexity. I like this very much. After you swallow the fruit melts into a fresh panorama and holds very long with just an accent of perfume. Excellent! “Always more Guettes than the vintage.”
2014 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Gravains
Wide dark fruit – more depth too. Teally very appealing and inviting. Larger, mouth-filling too, with freshness and flavour. Bright notes of clarity and complexity – this is also really excellent – nay better!
Wide and deep – not the most powerful but a certain subtle complexity. High notes, bass notes, complexity edged with salinity, and energy too. There’s a lot of wine here and it will need time to settle. But really super and complex – wait at least 5 years. Great finish too.
Négoce. Bottled in the summer.
Discreet but with some pretty citrus references. Lovely in the mouth – there’s vivacity and complexity and a lovely mouth-watering finish. Lovely! Like some of the reds with a little finishing perfume too.
2014 Savigny-lès-Beaune Blanc
Sulfur? Or more likely a little phenolics. Bottled last week – slowly evolving very pretty high tones. Wide and sweet with some good depth – perfumed fruit again, ripe green fruit. The finish is really very tasty indeed – sweetened lime… Actually a super reprise of flavour too.
Here is a complex nose augmented with quite a lot of barrel too. A lovely blend of incisive almost bitter tannin flavour but blended with a sweet fruit aspect. This is intriguing and very tasty indeed. Finishes very well with sweet fruit and a good mouth-watering finish. Yum!
Broad, complex high tones – alluring. Really large scaled in the mouth, a core of ripe fruit too but this silky wine is surrounded by complexity indeed a little ginger spice and lovely mouth-watering acidity. Big flavoured in the finish and it lingers very slowly indeed. – lovely wine…