Domaine Pavelot, Pernand-Vergelesses
There have been Pavelots tending vines in Pernand since the 17th century, so village records tell us. Today, the 9.5-hectare estate is run by brother and sister Luc and Lise Pavelot, following in the footsteps of father Régis and grandfather Maurice. Most of their vines are in their home village of Pernand-Vergelesses where they make superb, regional and village-level wines, along with six First Growths (2 white and 4 red), as well as brilliant Corton-Charlemagne.
Since 2009, the whole Domaine has been certified organic, but no chemical weed-killers were used for many years prior to that. Instead, the soil is tilled by plough, and manually by mattock and hoe, with green cover-crops and green-harvesting of grapes, if necessary. Organic composts are the only fertiliser.
Harvesting is by hand, and this is one of the few Domaines in Burgundy where the grapes are gently carried in traditional, wicker shoulder-baskets down the rows. The philosophy of the Domaine may be summarised as a constant reflection on how to ensure the health of their soils – and hence their vines and wines – with respect for the plant and human environment.
We have been importing their wines since the 2015 vintage and we are now thrilled to offer a wide range of their wines En Primeur. The wines have succulent fruit, with structure, freshness and the gentlest of tannins, for the reds. The whites show beautiful harmony. Both colours represent superb value, some for early drinking, some for mid-term ageing.