La Dominode is was one the finest Savigny premier crus, and the 2018 vintage has yielded some of it’s best wines. Packed with presence, rich layered fruit and terrific energy, Jean Marc Pavelot has crafted a beauty. Brambly fruits, spiced plum and red summer fruits, with rich firm tannins and a vein of savoury spice. There’s no need to wait, but this would be after another 10 years. Great modern Burgundy. Waters Wine Co.
The 2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune La Dominode 1er Cru, picked on September 1 at 13.5% potential alcohol, is tightly coiled and more backward than the Aux Gravins, ergo I expect that this will require more bottle age. There are enticing blackberry and wild strawberry fruit aromas here, but they need time. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chalky tannins and a superb line of acidity that imparts a sense of energy from the start to the saline finish, which is tangy and vivacious. This is everything you really need in a La Dominode. 92-94 Points – Neal Martin, Vinous, Jan 2020
The richest and inkiest of Hugues Pavelot‘s highly impressive array of Savigny Premiers Crus in 2018, this is also the firmest and most backward, reflecting its north-easterly aspect. With 30% each of whole bunches and new wood, it’s a layered, structured wine with assertive grip, dark berry fruit and the concentration to age further in bottle. Drinking Window 2025 – 2032. 94 Points – Tim Atkin, Decanter, Oct 2020