Tasting Notes

SWEET SPOT / OUTSTANDING - BURGHOUND | There is stunningly good aromatic complexity to the spicy black cherry, cassis and plum-inflected nose that is trimmed is noticeable wood. Like the Gravains there is outstanding richness and volume to the mouth coating medium-bodied flavors that enjoy a plenitude of dry extract before culminating in a mineral-driven and explosively long finish. This is almost always the best wine and so it is again in 2011 as it possesses the most underlying material as well as the most development potential of any wine in the range though patience will be required. Burundy

Producer note: Jean-Marc Pavelot's son Jean-Hugues told me that 2011, much like 2010, produced a "small crop that averaged only 30 hl/ha but one that had excellent phenolic maturity. We began picking on the 31st of August and while there was a bit of sorting required, it was really no more than normal. Potential alcohols were good without being special and ranged from 11.5 to 12.5%. We did our usual vinification though we paid close attention to make sure that we were obtaining a balanced extraction. There is a bit more wood than usual because with two small harvests in a row we had to use the barrels so they wouldn't lose their quality. Overall, the 2011s should give a lot of pleasure both young and old as they will be more accessible than the 2010s in their youth but have the balance and concentration to age well too." I was quite impressed with the Pavelot 2011s, indeed this is one of the very few domaines in the Côte de Beaune where their 2011s may even be better than their 2010s. I would underscore Pavelot's comments about the amount of wood in the 2011s and while it's certainly not enough to upset the balance, fans of the domaine who are used to the relatively oak-neutral style of the Pavelot wines may find oak treatment to be decidedly atypical. As the scores suggest, I don't believe that there will be an issue as there appears to be more than sufficient concentration to successfully integrate it with time in bottle. However, where it could be an issue is for those readers who might have a tendency to drink the Pavelot wines young.