Of the nearly 180 producers who produce and bottle wines from Savigny les Beaune, the estate of Jean-Marc Pavelot has earned the illustrious title of the finest wine maker in the village. After evaluating several consecutive vintages, spanning literally hundreds of samples and finished bottlings, Allen Meadows (author and publisher of Burghound) was quoted in 2004 as saying, “Pavelot is indisputably making the finest wines in the village and in particular, they age extremely well.”
Moreover, the father and son team of Jean-Marc and Hugues Pavelot ensure a future of outstanding wines from their pristine, old-vine vineyard parcels through a practice known as lutte raisonnee. Essentially a practice incorporating the most practical applications as found in both biodynamic as well as traditional vineyard management, lutte raisonnee allows the flexibility to control vineyard abnormalities while avoiding undue applications to one’s soil. Through this practice, the Pavelot’s have consistently fashioned the most sought after, high-scoring, terroir-driven wines of the appellation for decades.
Routinely worthy of accolades reserved for wines costing twice to three times what these “humble” Savigny-les-Beaunes fetch, the wines of Pavelot are “wines worth a serious look each and every vintage… and absolutely worth your attention” – also quotes attributed to the Burghound.
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