Robert Parker 88-90
The 2014 Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru la Dominode is more reticent on the nose than the les Lavieres at the moment, more laid-back, taciturn perhaps, but the fruit is well defined. The palate has a prickle of spice on the entry, the fruit darker than the le Lavieres, a little chalky and hard towards the finish, although that should soften with time. It needs a couple of years in bottle, but should turn out fine.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2024
Bright, dark red. Black cherry liqueur, spices, menthol and minerals on the nose. Juicy but youthfully imploded, showing good precision and inner-mouth perfume thanks to bright acidity. Finishes with good length and a firm spine of slightly drying tannins.
Light to mid cherry. A little more savoury and intense on the nose than the Lavieres. Chewy and embryonic, the tannins are denser than on the Lavieres and the whole is much less approachable. Quite firmly structured and just enough flesh in the middle though it suggests there s more to fill out in the middle. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2021