9-91 point Neal Martin
The 2015 Aloxe-Corton Village comes from a single parcel (unlike the Savigny-les-Beaune Village), specifically from Les Cras. I adore the aromatics here: nothing complex but very pure with blueberries and blackcurrants, a subtle floral note emerging with time, all with impressive delineation for a village cru. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This feels crisp with a tensile, slightly chalky finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a strong follow-up to the excellent 2014.
Domaine Jean-Marc et Hugues Pavelot have been setting the standard in Savigny-lès-Beaune in recent years and their 2015s are probably their finest yet. Savigny-lès-Beaune is too often looked down upon by cognoscenti and yet these 2015s are up in the same echelons as the great Vosne-Romanée or Gevrey-Chambertins. It is up to you whether you want to pay the premium those villages now demand. I tasted through the domaine wines and the négoçiant wines under the "Hugues Pavelot" label. "I did not have too many worries in 2015," Hugues told me as we tasted at the domaine. "Just the Beaune Bressandes is flirting with over-maturity. We picked from 31 August with the whites, though it is not the first time we have started in August. We started the reds on 3 September and picked over the next 10 days, finishing with Les Guettes. Everything was de-stemmed as usual. We conducted a 20-day cuvaison, regularly tasting the wines and doing less pigeage. That is to say, doing more at the beginning and then less over the second half. With regard to the whites, it was warm and sunny and I was hoping to avoid heaviness and keep the tension. The red wines are classic Pinot Noir with good structure and density, with fine fruit." As I mentioned, I adore these wines. Head for Pavelot's masterclass of premier cru Savigny-lès-Beaunes such as Aux Gravains or Les Guettes that are fabulous. Even the Aloxe-Corton Village is superb and will probably bring just as much drinking pleasure as more renowned vineyards or premier crus. The whites were more variable and do not reach the heights of the reds, although that is expected in a warm season like 2015. But if you want to see what Savigny can do...you know where to look. Here.