Why Big Red Diary?
6 notes
2009 Mugneret Gerard, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les GravainsJan. 2011
The aromas are a little more sullen – hardly surprising – slowly widening to deliver dark red fruit. There is a little more structure and nice mid-palate burst of flavour. Very pretty wine.
1997 Pavelot Jean-Marc et Hugues, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les GravainsAug. 2007
(Magnum) A deep, dank, underbrush nose with ripe fruit to match. Sweet, with high-toned fruit in the mouth and still some tannin too – though less astringent than the preceding wines. This is very good, but really does require another 3 or so years in the cellar – in this format anyway.
2002 Doudet-Naudin, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les GravainsMar. 2006
Medium cherry-red colour. The nose is red, sweet cherry. The palate is a big disappointment, with astringent tannin, slightly unripe acidity and an overall poor performance, particularly vs the average 2002 – shame.
1999 Pavelot Jean-Marc et Hugues, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les GravainsJul. 2005
Deep colour, the core is ruby but the rim looks very young. Depth on the nose too, red and black fruit – neither dominates. Real concentration with an intensity thats exacerbated by the acidity. No rough edges, the tannins are well to the background. Really excellent potential for this wine.
2001 Pavelot Jean-Marc et Hugues, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les GravainsMar. 2005
Typically 25% new oak for the elevage. The soil is a mix of different sediments, including a little gravel. This wine has a younger colour than the previous two. The deep nose shows a little earth and much more primary fruit than the last two 2001’s. This is a wine of purity rather than force, very elegant too. A lovely wine.
1989 Pavelot Jean-Marc et Hugues, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les GravainsMar. 2005
A treat! Medium ruby-red. The nose is a lovely blend of confiture over soil – and that’s while the wine is still cold. Gorgeous, soft texture, real concentration and an almost caramel aspect. The tannins are still evident but they’re well to the background. A sneaky length that just builds with time. Jean-Marc bought these vines in 1988, and Hugues says that the ’88 was quite tanninc when young and is still a little hard – this, however, is just perfect now and there’s no rush.
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