The Sous Frétille vineyard is also steeply-sloping, but in this case facing due south. The vines are above the village and its colourful church spire, visible to all who approach. Pebble-rich soils are shallow, yields never plentiful. One third of the Pavelot vines are 80 years old, the average age of the whole plot being around 50 years. The wine aged in oak barrels (40% of which were new) for a year, and will be bottled between New Year and the Spring “to allow it to take on weight and mineral tension” as Luc Pavelot says. Colour is pale golden, aromas are fine though presently discreet, palate is intense with fruitiness, very clean, very precise. Extra time before bottling will see it take on breadth and weight (for drinking 2023-2028+).
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