Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Peuillets" 2013, Pavelot
Domaine Pavelot has no fewer than seven different Savigny premiers crus which makes for an interesting horizontal tasting at the domaine. The domaine provides a very useful technical run down on its website showing the average age of the vines is 55 years and the wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels of which 15-20% are new oak. This 2013 Savigny 1er Cru has a very bright, reflective ruby colour. The nose is of bright cherry -- very consistent. Despite the southerly exposition and relatively old vines, this is a tangy, light-bodied pinot with rose hip and raspberry flavours. It's a bit on the chewy side and not terribly distinct. Like other 2013s I'm wondering what the vintage really has to offer due to the lack of fruit depth and ripeness at this early age. Valuable insight from Jancis Robinson on the 2013 vintage: "But all this gives some sort of indication of what sort of vintage 2013 is: far from opulent, it is fresh and focused. And as many a top grower pointed out to me, it is only where yields were really low that the fruit was able to reach anything like full ripeness. Where growers were tempted to encourage too generous a crop, or not to sort out every damaged or rotten grape, the results will be wines that are either too tart or lacking healthy fruit expression." Only grapes harvested well into October managed to achieve full ripeness hence the elevated acidity of those which were picked earlier. Scores 62-66/100 with the higher score assuming (hopefully) I adds some weight as it evolves.