The 2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Gravains possesses the most vivacious and animated bouquet of Pavelot's 2015s: red cherries, crushed strawberry, iodine and hints of black plum later on. There is a lot going on within these aromatics that won't sit still. The palate is exquisite: wonderful balance, filigree tannin and a velvety texture all ticked off. There is a lovely saline note that surfaces towards the finish that exhibits tremendous depth, completing a top-class Savigny that will give years of pleasure.(NM)
(from light, gravelly soil with a lot of small rocks): Bright, dark red. Precise on the nose, showing good calcaire lift to the aromas of raspberry, licorice and crushed rock. Sharply delineated, juicy wine with lovely purity and mineral lift. A very long and elegant Savigny-lès-Beaune wine.(ST)
A very densely fruited nose only grudgingly reveals liqueur-like aromas of plum, dark pinot and plenty of earth elements. There is once again a beguiling sense of energy to the even more mineral-driven if less muscular flavors that display the classic youthful austerity of a fine Gravains, all wrapped in a balanced, long and complex finale. In contrast to several wines in the range, this is going to require some bottle age before it's completely ready for prime time.
Amongst the Savigny premier crus chez Pavelot this year, the Gravains and Dominodes show the finest aromatic precision and are my two personal favorites. The 2015 Gravains is going to be a lovely wine, as it wafts from the glass in a nascently complex and sappy nose of black cherries, cassis, complex soil tones, gamebird, Savigny spice, cocoa and a touch of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure, with the plush fruit of the attack coupled to lovely backend minerality. The wine has plenty of sappy fruit at the core, moderate, well-measured tannins and excellent focus and grip on the very long finish. This is a lovely bottle in the making. (Drink between 2022-2055)
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