2004 Pavie

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Average critic rating : 93.5 points



A real sleeper effort from the Perse family, the 2004 Pavie has a dense, bluish purple color and a wonderful, sweet kiss of blackberry, licorice, spice box and roasted herbs. The wine is rich, deep, full-bodied and absolutely remarkable for the vintage. This is certainly a candidate for one of the wines of the year and seems still relatively youthful and promising. Drink it over the next 20 years.||| 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. eRobertParker.com.August, 2015



Black in color, inky, with treacle tart, tar and intense berry on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy yet caressing tannins and lots of ripe, almost raisiny fruit character. Mouthpuckering. Needs time. Best after 2016. 7,500 cases made. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2008

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Pavie 2004
+£1,870.92     (+269.59%) Latest price:  £2,564.92
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Château Pavie is one of four St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé estates along with Châteaux Ausone , Cheval Blanc and Angélus . Owned since 1998 by Gerard Perse, owner of Chx Monbousquet, Pavie-Decesse and Bellevue-Mondotte, the wines of Château Pavie, whilst often splitting opinions, have been at the very highest level for the past fifteen years, and are particular favourites of Robert Parker.

The château is situated on the slopes to the south of St Emilion, neighbouring Château Larcis-Ducasse along the slope and Chx Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin up the slope. The vineyards are planted to Merlot (60%), Cabernet Franc (30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon. The château itself is one of the most impressive in St Emilion.

Since 1998 – the beginning of the Perse era – the style of Pavie was transformed. Late picking, plenty of new oak and the practice of “batonnage” – the stirring of the lees in barrel – make for a full-blown, almost turbo-charged style of St Emilion.

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