Something about Chateau Pavie
Vines were first grown on the slopes of what is today Chateau Pavie in the 4th century. Painstakingly assembled plot by plot over several centuries today Chateau Pavie consists of a single 35 hectare block, making it one of the largest Premier Grand Cru Classé properties in Saint-Emilion. With low yields and plot-by-plot vinification, the Chateau strives to create wines that fully express its magnificent terroir. Marvellously structured and incredibly elegant, Chateau Pavie wines are aged for a full 3 years before being released.
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Offering cedary notes with some hints of black olive tapenade, grilled meats, spice box and wood with black and red currants, this wine seems fully mature, lusty, rich and undeniably a major success in this vintage. The tannins are largely resolved and the wine is drinking beautifully, so there is no reason to defer your gratification for this wine. Drink now through 2025. Pavie is widely acclaimed as one of Bordeaux’s greatest terroirs, of largely limestone and clay soils. Brilliantly situated with a sunny, southern exposure and exceptional drainage, Pavie potentially rivals nearby Ausone, the oldest and possibly the most famous estate in Bordeaux. Pavie’s other nearby neighbors include, Pavie-Macquin and Troplong-Mondot to the north, Larcis-Ducasse to the southeast and La Gaffelière and Saint-Georges Côte Pavie to the west. Until 1978, previous owners rarely produced great wine, but of course that all changed with the acquisition of the 92-acre, single vineyard by Chantal and Gérard Perse. In short, they dramatically raised the quality. Currently, the vineyard is planted with 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, but the actual blend for each vintage tends to possess slightly higher amounts of Merlot. A perfectionist, owner Gérard Perse is flexible with the percentage of new oak, as well as how long the wine is aged in cask. Great vintages can get 100% new oak and spend up to 32 months in barrel. Lesser years are bottled after 18 months and see at least 30% less new oak. There is no fining or filtration. The resulting wine has been considered one of the superstars of Bordeaux since 1978.
Tasted blind at Farr's 2002 Bordeaux tasting. I can still remember what a beast this was out of barrel. Good intensity on the nose, lifted red fruits, raspberry, wild strawberry, good definition and sense of minerality. A well balanced, modern palate, a lot of new oak, but I like the texture and the harmony. Very pure cassis and blueberry fruit on the slightly smudged finish. I am getting used to Pavie making a fool of me in blind tastings! Tasted October 2009.
Drink 2007-13 Mid crimson. Sweet, rather luscious nose. Quite a bit of alcohol sticks out and it's a little dusty but there's certainly fleshy pleasure to be had here. Grainy, slightly hot finish. But ready and giving pleasure.