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 Vintage2002 Label 1 of 141 
ProducerChâteau Pavie (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Émilion Grand Cru
UPC Code(s)1040000102483, 3277035162127

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2024 (based on 20 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pavie on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.9 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 104 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rogerr on 12/29/2015 & rated 95 points: Wine is drinking beautifully now and has many more years of interesting development. Silky tannins, still vibrant fruit, interlaced with pleasant tertiary flavors of a maturing wine. (208 views)
 Tasted by davidsm on 11/9/2015 & rated 92 points: I know a lot of people think this is ready to drink but this bottle clearly wasn't ready. Even after a few hour decant the wine was holding back a lot and very tight. Much better day 2 and clearly has the stuff to be outstanding but not going to touch another bottle until 2017. (610 views)
 Tasted by nc99 on 10/7/2015 & rated 94 points: Wow! This is very good, much better than the 02 margaux I tried last week. Popped and poured..this is ready for business. The nose had truffle, black fruit, cigar box, vanilla, cedar wood and licorice. Palate had good depth with beautiful black fruit emerging with hint of truffle and caramel. This is drinking nicely now. (1041 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 9/4/2015 & rated 94 points: 2 hours of air brought out the chocolate covered, black cherries, truffle, licorice, cigar box and floral notes. Soft, smooth and round, but lacking the volume and opulence found in the top vintages, this is really drinking well. While 2 hours of air brought the wine around, after 4 hours of air, the wine lost its edge. This is for drinking now and over the next decade or so. (1545 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 8/18/2015 & rated 91 points: Tuesday Night Double Blind $60+ (Bin 75): Dark garnet core with crimson rim; cigar, leather, menthol, Bordeaux funk, round, plum, ripe cherry and currant, some green; nice richness, spicy, red fruit, some leather, firm tannin, tar, cigar, high toned finish, alcohol stands out a bit; still youthful; one of the better '02 Right Banks, others really liked though I felt it lacked some definition due to the modern winemaking. (1261 views)
 Tasted by JHalvorson on 5/7/2015 & rated 95 points: We brought this bottle to La Belle Ve for your 38th anniversary. They decanted it for us. We enjoyed a glass of Chardonnay while we gave the Pavie some time to open up. The first taste was of dark cherry with hints of a forest. The last glass was very close to perfect wine. (1421 views)
 Tasted by Lord Rayas on 10/18/2014 & rated 94 points: drinking very well now. rich and velvety, but in a much more restrained style than 00 or 03. definitely one of the better 02s I'v tried. (2336 views)
 Tasted by jnewman77 on 9/27/2014: This is really outstanding. The nose has dried plum, black currant, saddle leather, earthy and savory notes, hints of vanilla, and some dried floral scents. The palate is lovely with loads of flavor and complexity and an almost tension like feel. This is just beginning to show signs of maturity but has years to develop yet. (2072 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 8/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Floral, earth, cherry blossoms, licorice, black raspberries, smoke and a faint whisper of oak in the background open to a soft, dusty, olive tapenade and plummy palate. This is probably at or close to its peak. No hurry to drink it, but it's not a wine to lay down for decades. I decanted this about 2 hours before consumption. The olive component became stronger as the night wore on. My instincts say, this wine might be better with a short decant, or popped and poured and allowed to develop in the glass. (2855 views)
 Tasted by blawrence on 7/21/2014 & rated 93 points: Very nice wine. Deep garnet, aromas of forest floor, tastes of dark berries, black currant, blackberry, blueberry, with hints of fig, mushroom, coffee, black pepper and chocolate. Just now coming to full bloom. (2297 views)
 Tasted by WojoWineCave on 6/21/2014 & rated 95 points: 20 Year Anniversary Party at the Lake; 6/21/2014-6/22/2014 (Our lake house): I like all pavie wines. This vintage is drinking much better than the famed 2005. Just so well made. Rich but not over extracted. Tannins present but well integrated. Some earth but no funk. Guests really enjoyed this high quality St Emillion. (2306 views)
 Tasted by Merzbow on 5/5/2014 & rated 93 points: First Pavie. Unabashedly modernist in character, for sure. On the edge of being a bit too roasted in character, but with air the wine settles down and smooths out, displaying lots of complexity in its flavor profile. Lots of life left here, but this is not the best vintage and I don't think this will get much better than it is now with a two-hour decant. (1717 views)
 Tasted by WKC on 2/11/2014 & rated 93 points: First try of a Pavie and was not disappointed. Popped and poured expecting tannins to be harsh. Medium intense, herbaceous, fruity aromas in the glass. Tannins were surprisingly soft with minimal airing. Finish was complex with decent length. Got better as night wore on. Would love to try this estate again in this and other vintages. (1925 views)
 Tasted by Colima74 on 9/24/2013 & rated 94 points: Smooth tannins, a hint of stems that adds to the complexity. Still on its youthful side but approaching a more mature stage with secondary flavors beginning to emerge. Really tasting great at lunch today. (2783 views)
 Tasted by peterchoy on 8/18/2013 & rated 93 points: Appearance: Bright and clear, this wine is of deep ruby color, with legs.
Nose: Clean, the nose shows medium (+) intensity aromas of black fruit such as blackberry, blackcurrant and cherries, sweet spice of cloves, oak notes of cedar, kernel notes of dark coffee, maturity notes of truffle and wet leaves, mineral notes of earth. The wine is developing.
Palate: Dry, it has medium acidity and medium (+) tannin of ripe and velvety texture. The alcohol level is medium (+), with a medium (+) body, showing medium (+) intensity flavors of black fruit such as blackberry, blackcurrant and black cherry, oak notes of cedar, maturity notes of tobacco, sweet spice of cloves, kernel notes of chocolate. The wine has a medium (+) finish.
Conclusion: Very good quality St-Emilion with good intensity on the nose, showing a wide range of complex aromas, the wine is robust with good structure, yet still having the finesse and elegance, with a palate showing smooth tannin. The flavors are similarly interesting with also good concentration, with the main critics being the alcohol level is a bit too warming. Finishing with a good length, the wine is ready to drink now though can benefit from further ageing of another 5-7 years. (2692 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 4/25/2013 & rated 90 points: I have enjoyed the 02 Pavie in the past. This bottle just simply didn’t show well yet it was a sound bottle. Black fruits, very ripe, a hint of port, bitter chocolate, caramel and noticeable cedar note coming from oak. Ripe fruits give the impression of highly concentrated wine yet the middle palate is hollow. The finish shows noticeable dry tannins. I hope this will come together. (3514 views)
 Tasted by km5 on 2/20/2013: awesome at la sirene...thanks john again and again and again ! :) (3592 views)
 Tasted by wine strategies on 2/14/2013: Opened Thursday for Friday dinner service. Opens tight, dark garnet toward purple. Shut down pretty hard, as suspected, but if it sits in the decanter for the next 24 hours (at 57F), it might be ready - more ready than when I opened it, anyway.

Wasn't giving up much first, but after an hour, the ounce I poured off in a glass began to slowly unwind. Iron, fig paste, espresso roast, snap peas, red currant, freshly picked raspberry, pipe tobacco, and cranberry. I have no illusions, this will be bursting at the seams come dinner time tomorrow.

Full bodied, with sufficient acids and very fine-grained tannins. For an '02, all I could ask for from the vintage. Rolland inspired wines are always guilty pleasure, this will be no different. 14,0% abv, drink thru 2026, about a finger's worth of very fine sediment. (3391 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 1/25/2013 & rated 94 points: There are some nights when a bottle of Pavie is all that will do. This was one of those nights. Still dark in color, blackberry, blueberry, earth, truffle, kirsch liqueur, licorice, smoke and a hint of espresso bean with dark chocolate made the perfume come alive with little effort and perhaps 30 minutes in the decanter. On the palate is where its star shines brightly. It's the perfect balance between thick and concentrated meshed against opulent, velvet textures. This is like drinking pure pleasure. If you get hung up on modern, vs traditional styles, perhaps this is not your thing. But if you look at wines as a vehicle for pleasure, this is a nice way to go. It's young, but starting to open. Drink it, or wait a decade. (3175 views)
 Tasted by StainedGlass on 10/19/2012: What a disappointment. Cork was intact and the color looked fine, but the fruit was thin and faded. Drinkable but oak, spice and acid prominant with little fruit to provide a counterbalance. I wasn't sure if it was in a dumb phase, or maybe a little cooked, though other tasting notes here seem to have made similar observations. (3301 views)
 Tasted by godx on 9/17/2012: La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Vancouver - 2002 Horizontal (Blue Water Cafe): Medium red. At first this was quite shy on the nose and wasn’t giving up much. As it opened in the glass notes of tobacco, riper dark fruits, oak and hints of coffee. Smoothest wine of the flight on the palate and also the ripest and most forward with a heavily extracted but not over-the-top profile. As other tasters stated, this was far less Pavie-like than other modern vintages which is a good thing in my mind. It’s full and rich and smooth on the palate with just a touch of roasted fruit coming through but you really have to look for it. I voted this as the best of this flight at this point and thought it was excellent. But as it sat in the glass (about an hour later) it started showing off-putting roasted notes on both the nose and palate. Not sure where this is going. Judgment reserved. (2921 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 9/17/2012 & rated 84 points: 2002 Bordeaux - 10 Year Retrospective (Maude's Liquor Bar - Chicago, IL): Seemed to be in a weird spot with the oak really showing through. The fruit was a bit dim, thin and acidic and wasn't a great match at the moment for the smokey, toasty oak. Will time reveal elegant fruit? Or will this just fade away? (3301 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 9/17/2012 & rated 87 points: A small 2002 Bordeaux Retrospective (Maude's Liquor Bar, Chicago IL): nose: oak is certainly there with tones of creosote, dark red fruits, dark cherries, some floral tones and coffee grinds as well. While the oak is upfront, things were more in place together for me. Still, oak influences are the dominant tones with some fruit as well.

taste: full bodied with chewy tannins, but they aren't truly overpowering. The tones of coffee grinds, dark red cherries, smoke and some dark red fruits are a bit brutish and bigger right now.

overall: The oak is certainly there, as well as some extraction, but it does come off as working together. I'm not sure how this will develop and where it will go. (3111 views)
 Tasted by amgryger on 7/23/2012: NY/NJ Offline at Beacon 7.23.12 (Beacon, NYC): Rich aromatics on the nose of ripe cherry, cassis, vanilla and oak. Similar profile on the palate with medium to full body, medium acid and medium high tannin structure. Long finish. Nice stuff. (3371 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 4/1/2012 & rated 96 points: GJE CRD 2008 and EP 2011; 3/29/2012-4/4/2012 (Bordeaux, France): It is start to soften, gain density and complexity yet it still shows more primary than the 00 and the 01. Dark fruits, cassis, allspice and bitter chocolate. Perhaps the biggest surprise. (4934 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/13/2009)
(Ch Pavie St-Émilion Red) 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 Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114
(Chateau Pavie Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108
(Chateau Pavie Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/4/2003)
(Ch Pavie St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, Viewers Choice Awards, Well Kinda, Episode #287 (8/3/2007)
(CHAT PAVIE) #2 (by Nick P); COLOR-dark; NOSE-smells like crap surrounded by cinnamon & plum; nice smokiness; I like it; warm 5 day old V-8 juice; TASTE-a ton of complexity; tremendous mouthfeel; very silky; nice dark pepper component, green peppers & potato peel; vegetal & coffee components; V8 juice mixed w/ coffee; bring serious THUNDER for my palate; very intriguing for sophisticated palates; it's not delicious, but I love it; great food wine (meat/mushroom dish); serious complexity; extremely long finish; RP-94; GV-93+  93+ points
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Château Pavie

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Pavie

2002 Château Pavie

Premiers Grand Cru B

70% Merlot
20% Cabernet Franc
10% Cabernet Sauvignon

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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