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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 83 
ProducerChâteau Pavie (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Émilion Grand Cru
UPC Code(s)721713845053, 802236002199

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2038 (based on 86 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pavie on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.9 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 149 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 7/3/2015 & rated 97 points: Power, concentration, intensity, ripe fruits and rocks make up the true blend for this wine. The wine is rich, dense and has a long life to look forward to. I know some people do not like the wine, but I love it! It's definitely better with an hour or two of air. (188 views)
 Tasted by AWBryce on 6/28/2015 & rated 92 points: Plums, raspberry, cigar box nose. Still very young and the fruit is fresh. Good acidity, red fruits on the palate, high tannin. This will go for ages. (421 views)
 Tasted by Dehrmann on 5/16/2015 & rated 94 points: Dark fruit, bold, heavy tannins - needs decanting (1464 views)
 Tasted by McKraftyWino on 4/26/2015 & rated 95 points: big, jammy, chewy, blackberries,
still a baby in the bottle
fresh, perfect acidity
tried a sip or two and decided to decant to let open up
not sure how other Cellartracker reviewers has issues with this wine.
it is spectacular.
i expect they had storage issues (one said like "see thru" pinot in the glass?? this wine is dark, opaque...no "see thru" so not sure what happened to their wine.)
this is a great wine with many years (decades) of life left
enjoy! (1802 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 4/3/2015 & rated 89 points: This wine is just okay. I am disappointed. Tannins a bit sharp, fruit is negligible, it's like a "see thru" Pinot in the glass. It's definitely drinkable, and maybe my expectations were too high. (2304 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 11/22/2014 & rated 94 points: Great nose, just intoxicating! It's still young but very drinkable right now, great balance and still waiting for some secondary characteristics to show up. (3948 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 11/15/2014: I don't get this wine, and simply don't like it. The group was divided about 50/50. Either loved it or hated it. I was in the later camp. (3586 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/21/2014: - Medium forming legs and aromas of blackberry. It's balanced and has flavours of fig and blackberry with a medium/full body. Linear texture with a medium finish - Perfect time to drink this. I have 5 left and they'll be gone within a year. (3811 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 10/20/2014 & rated 86 points: Consistent with previous note from 2012. This is quite hot, and I can't get past that. (3537 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 10/19/2014: Monthly Tasting Group: Right Bank Bordeaux (Levain, Mpls): Very dark/purple red color. Decanted for 3 hours. Drank 1 glass over 2 hours. Probably the most disappointing wine of the evening given its pedigree. I had hoped for much more. This was young, tight, oaky, hot, overripe black fruit. The palate has full body, deep black fruit, good concentration, spicy but currently is shrouded in tannin and oak and suffers from its alcohol. Will 5-10 years soften this and bring forth an attractive wine? Maybe... 90pts(?) (3448 views)
 Tasted by joshbryer on 9/13/2014: Relative to the '05 also served, this showed more appropriate typicity. Still not my style though... I found this to be drying and oaky with red fruits, somewhat lacking in structure. Does finish long and savory. (2421 views)
 Tasted by dglebo on 8/22/2014 & rated 93 points: Out of the bottle excellent. After 1/2 hour blossomed into cherries and rhubarb. Great accompaniment to a summer fare of veal chops, corn on the cob and heirloom tomatoes. (2696 views)
 Tasted by King JR on 7/12/2014 & rated 95 points: Outstanding wine! Still so young and fresh. Could still benefit from more cellaring but amazingly enjoyable now. Very powerful deep dark ruby color in the glass. But very smooth and fantastic fruit forward wine. Finished a bit short but was WOTN! (2983 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 7/5/2014 & rated 93 points: With a little time to breathe, this wine opens up very nicely. I'm enjoying this one with a cigar. (3061 views)
 Tasted by MikeZ on 6/29/2014: After a fantastic showing last week with another bottle, this bottle was pretty closed and a bit of a clunker... (3270 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/11/2014 & rated 96 points: Amazing nose, great fruit and an elegant finish. (3118 views)
 Tasted by mwanasheria on 4/19/2014 & rated 95 points: Interestingly mature, clear colour. Beguiling nose of cassis. On the palate kirsch, hot cherries, sweet cassis. Probably missing some acidity for the long run but still great. (3400 views)
 Tasted by Pknut on 3/27/2014: Mike declared this to be the best California wine he's ever had. Damning with faint praise, to be sure. Dark fruit, very soft palate, hardly any definition. Not for me. Fairway Cafe with the guys. (3532 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 3/24/2014 & rated 97 points: Crushed stone, fennel, smoke, caramel and black cherry liqueur. The mineral essence is starting to show through on the palate and in the nose. Packed with layers of ripe, sweet berries, spice and earth, this is fat, lush and mouth filling with good intensity of flavor. (3799 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 2/8/2014: popped and decanted for 30 min
nose - boysenberry, blueberry, mint, cocoa. fragrantly full and sweet
mouth - absolutely exploding with luscious and mouthwatering dark fruit, wow!, tastes amazing, really very nicely balanced, with great minerality, and not overdone. Has lovely red licorice/liqueur quality on the midpalate with a long and round tannic finish. Much riper in style than the '01 Pavie consumed several days prior. I would say, drink on its own, without food, and savour every sip. Perhaps that might sum up the brouhaha ten years out. I never tasted this in its youth, so I dont know what else to say about the controversy surrounding this. ' Port is best from the Douro not St.Emilion' actually raises an interesting question. Is wine about the pleasure that it brings or is it supposed to be true to some other ideal in addition(terrior? tradition?). While I agree this is not a very typical bottle of Bordeaux, or St. Emilion for that matter, I really dig it. If I had tasted this blind and had to guess its origin, I might suspect it to be a mid-aged high end Napa cabernet with a unusual smack of minerality. (3895 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 12/18/2013 & rated 97 points: Intense, thick, lush, rich, fresh and packed with intense levels of sweet, pure fruits, minerality, oak, and frankly, pleasure, this is still young and is only going to get better with age. (5261 views)
 Tasted by cos82 on 12/6/2013 & rated 94 points: Opened and decanted about 2 hours ahead. Although drinking well with no tannin showing, another 5 years to mellow wouldn't hurt, Beautiful purple plum in color. Nice nose of cassis, blackberry, rose and camphor. Big palate of blackberry, cassis, earth, cherry and licorice. Delicious, but needs some time to soften. (4054 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 11/12/2013 & rated 94 points: Great 2003 Bordeaux (Wine Road Tel-Aviv): blind tasting
dark red-brown
nose: ripe cherries, earthy
palate: rich ripe cherries, woody, grip tannins, long quality finish (4138 views)
 Tasted by andrewdodd86 on 11/6/2013 & rated 98 points: Drank @ Bin 54 in Chapel Hill

Wonderful wine. Tight and tannic when first opened, however, with a hour to breathe really opened up.

Wonderful fruit, aromatic beyond belief. Great example of Pavie. Better than the 2004 and 1999. Closer stylistically to the 04. Very concentrated. Would say this is a perfect wine, however, compared to 03 Latour and 89 Haut Brion, just have to dial it back a few notches. (4417 views)
 Tasted by rustyRudy on 11/2/2013 & rated 97 points: Wonderful fruit and spice on the nose. Loaded with black current, blueberry and ripe cherry favors. Evolved over two hours. One of my more memorable Merlot based Bordeauxs that I have had. Did not buy many 03's, but other than 03 Latour this has so far surpassed the others. (3504 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/21/2013)
(Ch Pavie St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
The World of Fine Wine, December 2007, Issue #18
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126
(Chateau Pavie Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120
(Chateau Pavie Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/7/2005)
(Ch Pavie St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114
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Château Pavie

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Pavie

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification


Libournais (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) - Read more about St. Emilion and its wines - Read more about Pomerol and its wines

Saint Emilion Grat Classified Growth, Classified Growths, Grands Crus Classes, GCC

In 1954, while the "Graves" growths had just published their own classification, the wine syndicate of Saint-Emilion, composed by wine growers, brokers and wine traders with the approval of the INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (A.O.C), decided to work on a classification for the wines of Saint Emilion. Initially, four grades were defined. These were reduced to two - First Great Classified Growth (A and B) and Great Classified Growth - in 1984.

As of Medoc's 1855 historical grading, the Saint-Emilion Great Classified Growth classification is not only based on qualitative criteria by tasting the wines on a ten years period previous to the assessment, but also on commercial considerations such as:
- sales price levels
- national and international commercial distribution
- the estate's reputation on the market

Properties who don't manage to join the club of about sixty Classified Growths are given the denomination of Great Growth ("Grand Cru"), while the remaining wineries of the A.O.C are simply reported as "Saint-Emilion". It is to be noted that the owners must officially apply to appear in the official classification. Thus for example the famous Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf, whose quality and reputation would easily justify to be listed among the First Great Classified Growths, does not appear here by the will of its owner, François Mitjaville.

The Saint-Emilion Great Growth classification was revised in 1969, 1985, 1996 and 2006. The only two guaranteed vintage (A.O.C) who can apply to the classification are the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" and "Saint-Emilion" areas.

By grading 61 properties, the 2006 revision confirmed many growths from the former classification, but also caused a number of surprises and a few inevitable disappointments. Many observers thought that the impressive progression of Perse's Chateau Pavie since 1998 would be rewarded by an upgrade into the First Great Classified Growths (A) category, but finally such was not the case.

Among the estates promoted to the First Great Classified Growths B category are Chateau Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin, whose efforts made since the Nineties fully justify their new grade. It should be noted that no First Great Classified Growth was relegated to the lower Great Classified Growth class.

Promoted growths from the status of Great Growth ("Grand Cru") to Great Classified Growth ("Grand Cru Classe") are: Chateaux Bellefont-Belcier, Destieux, Fleur Cardinale, Grand Corbin, Grand Corbin-Despagne and Monbousquet.

The demoted growths from the status of Great Classified Growth to Great Growth are: Chateaux Bellevue, Cadet Bon, Faurie de Souchard, Guadet Saint-Julien, La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Belivier), La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Moueix), Lamarzelle, Petite Faurie de Soutard, Tertre Daugay, Villemaurine and Yon-Figeac. If the recent samples of some of the above mentioned properties may justify their current downgrade, there are great chances that estates like Bellevue, Tertre Daugay or Yon-Figeac will be upgraded to their previous rankings by the next revision in 2016 as the progresses noted after 2000, but not entering in the range of vintages (1993 - 2002) appointed for the criteria of selection for the 2006 classification, are noticable.

The two following estates have completely disappeared from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Curé-Bon-la-Madeleine (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Canon) and La Clusière (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Pavie).

Finally, no estate considered as "garagiste" has integrated the classification. Valandraud, Mondotte, Le Dome, Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge have, for the least, the potential to be ranked as Great Classified Growths. In sight of the very fine quality reached by the above mentioned estates in recent vintages as well as all the innovative wine making methods used by the "garagistes", it remains to be seen whether the authorities will dare to cross the line in 2016..?

St. Émilion Grand Cru

Les Vins de St. Émilion (Syndicate Vitocole de Saint-Emilion) – Read about St. Emilion

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