Today sees another huge release from Saint-Emilion – the Premier Grand Cru Classe “A”, Chateau Pavie. In line with other price reductions in the 2019 En Primeur campaign, this is 15% less than the 2018 release price and, considering the quality of the vintage and a potential perfect 100 point score, is looking like another well-priced First Growth option. Could this be a potential successor to the 2000 vintage, the greatest Pavie in half a century?
Like Chateau Angelus, Chateau Pavie was upgraded in 2012 to Premier Grand Cru Classe “A”, sitting alongside Chateaux Ausone and Cheval Blanc in terms of quality status. It is consistently a favourite amongst the critics with Lisa Perrotti-Brown awarding it 97-100 points describing it as “exquisitely ripe, rounded tannins and this vineyard's signature freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. Quaking with latent power and shimmering with a kaleidoscope of electric flavors, this could only be Pavie”.
The estate describes the 2019 as showing fantastic richness without being heavy, the tannins elegant and supple, with a lot of freshness. It is reminiscent of other exceptional years but less austere than 2009, more elegant than 2010 or 2016. It is the balance of the wine that makes it stand out in 2019.
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"The 2019 Pavie is a blend of 50% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested from the 30th of September to the 11th of October. The yields this year were 35 hectoliters per hectare, and the alcohol came in at 14.73%, while the pH was 3.55 (remarkably low!). Very deep garnet-purple in color, the nose opens with a beguiling array of intertwined earth and black fruit scents: baked plums, black cherry preserves, tilled soil, black truffles, mossy tree bark and mulberries with nuances of allspice, clove oil, espresso and cedar chest. Full-bodied, densely packed and with a rock-solid structure, the constrained flavor layers are just waiting to explode; it's framed by firm, exquisitely ripe, rounded tannins and this vineyard's signature freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. Quaking with latent power and shimmering with a kaleidoscope of electric flavors, this could only be Pavie."
97-100 POINTS - LISA PERROTTI-BROWN, WINE ADVOCATE