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Tasting: Domaine Pavelot Savigny-les-Beaune 2015

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Red Burgundy from the northern end of the Côte de Beaune, right in the middle of the Côte d’Or.

I’ve been writing this tasting note for the last 20 minutes and I still don’t know where to start. At the beginning, I guess?

Burgundy. Pinot Noir, done right.

There is something special about red Burgundy. As mentioned in a previous tasting note, if I could drink nothing else for the rest of my days, it’d be the reds and whites of Burgundy. But not all Burgundys are created equal.

And as much as I’d love to drink Montrachet and Vosne-Romanée Grand Cru, one has to be a realist.

As for an everyday drink, however, this little Pinot Noir is not too far from what I want. Although coming in around $40-50 a bottle, it’s hard to see this as an everyday drink.

Savigny is an interesting place with lots of microclimates so site can impact final quality hugely. This is a ‘village’ level wine from a handful of vineyards, about 15 in all from the valley floor and surrounding areas, and is made in a pretty classic Burgundian way.

Medium ruby with red cherry, raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant as the primary aromas. A little dried herbs and a resinous, cedar like quality coming through as well.

The palate is in balance with a mixture of red and dark fruits – raspberry and blood plums to the front. A hint of clove and some deeper earthy/gamey notes and then the slightest touch of lavender. It’s medium bodied, but only just so, with soft tannins, decent acidity and a medium-ish finish.

Pinot Noir done my style – less forest floor, more red fruits. It’s not the best Burgundy I’ve ever had, but it’s not pretending to be either. Is there better value to be had for Pinot Noir at this price point? Undoubtedly, especially if you look at the quality coming out of Tasmania at the moment. But for an introduction into Pinot Noir from Burgundy, this is pretty close to the money.

Just solid, smashable, and easy drinking. Lovely.

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