($40; vinified with one-third whole clusters) Deep ruby-red. Brooding black fruits, licorice and minerals on the nose and palate. Dense, sweet and chewy, with an impression of brooding power and spine that reminded me of an example from the southern Cote de Nuits. A strong licorice flavor and bracing acids give this excellent grip. Dominated by its structure today but built to age.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2008
Burghound | Rating: 93
A wonderfully complex dark berry fruit and spice, earth and underbrush suffused nose set off by a discreet touch of wood spice merges into rich, full and palate drenching flavors that are intense and offer a serious yet beguiling velvety texture on the gorgeously long finish. This possess terrific potential and should amply repay a decade of cellaring.
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 2nd Quarter, 2007
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
The anticipated high point of this and any Pavelot collection, their 2005 Savigny-les-Beaune La Dominode gives an intense but somber performance this year, leading with blackberry, plum paste, game, and nut oil aromas, filling the mouth with medicinal bitter herbs and black fruit tinged with iodine and wet stone, and gripping ƒA?A? along similarly medicinal and mineral lines ƒA?A? with downright severe concentration. This will need some months to sort itself out and then a good decade in the cellar to approach its full potential, which will almost certainly prove more formidable than that of its stable mates. (Although wines of Savigny lack the cachet of those from Volnay, Pommard or Beaune, never underestimate either their seriousness nor their proclivity for long life!)