The 2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Guettes has a very refined bouquet with perhaps more mineral expression than the Les Lavières, if not quite the degree of luxuriousness. The palate is very refined, the entry almost understated, but there is a crescendo of flavors as it fans out with black cherries, boysenberry and a pinch of spice towards the finish. Given the substance on display here, it would not surprise me if this gives drinking pleasure over 12-15 years.(NM)
Notes of black cherry, cassis, plum and earth introduce firm, dense and powerful medium-bodied flavors that exhibit even more minerality that adds lift to the balanced and impressively persistent finish where hint of mocha and warmth appear. While this muscular yet quite generously proportioned effort possesses a dense lashing of tannin, it is not especially austere and thus I expect that it will drink well young.
(100% destemmed but Pavelot does not crush his grapes; 25% new oak): Dark red-ruby. Very pure, high-pitched aromas of violet and minerals. Juicy, dense and backward; in a distinctly stony, mineral-driven style, with its fruit in the background; much saltier and more backward than the Lavières. Showing limited sweetness but this very concentrated wine boasts noteworthy length.(ST)
The 2015 les Guettes is styled similarly to the les Lavières, as it is cut from the riper side of the vintage, but it is a bit fresher in profile today on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is sappy, black fruity and chocolaty, offering up scents of black cherries, cassis, dark soil tones, gamebird, chocolate and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with a succulent attack, sappy core, fine focus and grip and a bit of backend tannin adding nice structural tension to the generous and very pretty fruit tones of the wine. Good juice in a riper, 1990 style. (Drink between 2022-2055)
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