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Domaine Pavelot - Pernand-Vergelesses
Frequently under-appreciated, Pernand-Vergelesses often over-delivers and offers Burgundy lovers attractive wines at reasonable prices. This is especially true now that a new generation of young vignerons have taken over and made great advances in viticulture such as a more careful and rigorous selection of fruit. With ongoing investments and improvements of winemaking facilities, first class wines are to be discovered equal to those of the surrounding villages with better known names.
The village itself is located at the base of the famous Corton-Charlemagne hill on its northwest facing slope and is the meeting point uniting three separate valleys. In this fashion, the surrounding vineyards, reflecting the varied topography the Côte de Beaune, profits from a variety of exposures on its many facing slopes. Consequently, the village level wines can be blended to take advantage of individual parcels highlighting different qualities in the finished wines, thus creating wines that are greater than the sum of their parts. Lithe, mineral driven Chardonnays and Pinots, from the delicate and fruit forward to the more structured and age-worthy wines from the widely recognized Ile des Vergelesses parcel.
The Pavelot family is one name with a long history in this village dating back to the 17th century and record of ancestors making and selling wine goes back multiple generations. At present, it is brother/sister team of Luc and Lise Pavelot who manage the 9 hectare domaine. Both graduates of Beaune’s renowned winemaking school, and both having gained experience in regions outside of their home, Luc in northern California at Navarro Vineyards and Lise in the Loire Valley at Domaine Dagueneau, before both returning home and taking over from their father Régis Pavelot, in the early 1990s.
While traditional Burgundian wicker baskets pictured on the Pavelot label are still used at harvest, there have been many more advances in recent years elevating the quality of the wines. Rigourous work in the vineyards reducing yields and aerating the grape bunches makes a huge difference as this micro-climate, sandwiched between two imposing hills, can be cooler than the surrounding villages. They also practice a more thorough and demanding selection process at harvest so that only the cleanest and healthiest fruit goes into the fementing tanks. Finally, the domaine has been certified organic since the 2009 vintage. With the exception of old-vine Aligoté, the Chardonnay juice is fermented in barrel and the Pinot generally has several days of cold maceration before fermentation begins, lasting 2 – 3 weeks, in enamel-lined concrete tanks, then being transferred to barrel for aging anywhere from 12 to 15 months.
In recent years, Luc has been selectively adding small amounts of whole clusters into tank for the reds, as the vintage merits, adding a spicy, herbal component which contributes to the wine’s complexity, and leads to more structured wines. Thanks to the dedication of young winemakers like Luc Pavelot, the village has become a place for quality, terroir driven wines that deserve equal recognition as those of the neighboring villages.
Bourgogne AligotéThere’s good reason why Aligoté is the white wine accompanied by a splash of the syrupy sweet, locally produced crême de cassis which serves as the base for the well known Burgundian apéritif Kir.
Aloxe-CortonLocated at the base of the Corton hill, in the village parcel Les Combes exposed to the south/southwest, just below the Grand Cru Les Chaumes and planted in the 1970s. 20% whole cluster fermentation…
Pernand Vergelesses Village, BlancThe white wines from the village of Pernand-Vergelesses are noted for their mineral, racy profile…
1er Cru, Elevated to 1er Cru status in 2000, for whites only, this parcel sits above the village itself, faces directly south, rises to an elevation of 300 metres and enjoys wonderful exposure…
Pernand Vergelesses Village, RougeDrawing on a variety of parcels and taking advantage of their different characters, this delightful village wine is wonderfully representative of how charming and pure the red wines from this commune can be…
1er CruEn Caradeux, south of the village and adjacent to Ile des Vergelesses, facing En Charlemagne, enjoys an east facing exposure.
Ile des Vergelesses,
1er CruConsidered by many worthy of elevation to Grand Cru status.