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Domaine Jean-Marc Pavelot
Jean-Marc Pavelot, now joined by his son Hughes, maintains what is arguably the top estate in the underappreciated village of Savigny-lès-Beaune. Savigny is one of the Cote de Beaune's major wine producing areas, and in the past was known for its rustic (read: backward) wines. Traditionally Savigny's wineries, including Pavelot, sold off the bulk of their production to negociants. Today, however, many estates, with Domaine Jean-Marc Pavelot in the forefront, have adapted current production techniques and raised the stature of Savigny's wines. Domaine Jean-Marc Pavelot produces both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from eight premier Cru vineyards. These are pure, concentrated, fruit-driven wines with enticing sweetness and excellent balance. These wines frequently offer terrific value by the standards of Burgundy. Not only are they affordable, they're also highly ageworthy.

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Domaine des Terres de Velle, Auxey-Duresses
About the Cote de Beaune

The Cote de Beaune, which comprises the southern half of the Cote d'Or-- the limestone escarpment from which Burgundy's finest wines originate-- is the source of the most famous names in white Burgundy. It also produces outstanding red Burgundies (such as in Santenay and Volnay), even if Pinot Noir here rarely possess quite the stuffing, complexity, and longevity of...

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