This wine is a Domaine du Pavillon “monopole”. It has the extremely rare distinction of being the only Clos possessing 2 different levels of appellation within the same 2 ha (5 acre) vineyard, both this Grand Cru and a 1er Cru Aloxe-Corton wine. The vines within this monopole were planted with an East/South-eastern aspect in the early 1950s, with the upper Grand Cru parcel being composed of mostly brown limestone and rocky soils that yield both complexity and finesse in the final wine.
This very unique site within Corton also receives an incredible amount of sunshine compared to the rest of the hill. This leads to being one of the earliest harvested sites in the village. After hand-harvesting, the vinification is identical to that of the ‘Les Rugiens’ with similar aging of 14-18 months in 100% French oak (40-50% new) before bottling and resting.
92-95 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – “33 hl/ha. Bright full purple. Clearly a little deeper in colour than the 1er Cru version, which was planted with the same vine material in the same year, and more concentrated in red fruit bouquet. The palate is more savage, the acidity is much more present along with the tannins. The rock is much closer to the surface here. A muscular wine, which needs to be picked early.”