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 Vintage1981 Label 1 of 144 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Pavie (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionLibournais
AppellationSt. Émilion Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: not specified
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pavie on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 4 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Davyd Chong on 3/21/2015 & rated 88 points: Initially, this felt quite youthful, showing quite lively fruits - blackcurrants, dusty red cherries, earth, and oak. Strawberries started showing after a while. Melting tannins. Tertiary notes evident. An elegant wine. Unfortunately, the finish was a tad short. My friend who was blind tasted thought it was a new world blend, 7-10 years. My wife didn't really like it. Having drunk Pavie many times, to me, this was quite distinctly a Pavie, albeit not the best representation of it. The fruits faded dramatically after an hour or two, with tobacco, ashtray, smoke, and earthy soil dominating the nose and palate. Hints of capsicum and greed/dried herbs also started appearing. This wine is past its prime, so drink up! The 1983 that I tasted recently was way better. (681 views)
 Tasted by kj_millar on 7/27/2011: Much past it's prime...got a bit better with 4 hours of decanting but still a bit dissapointing. (2041 views)
 Tasted by Dulcie and Aylwin on 5/22/2007: Two bottles remain from the original twelve purchased in 1983. Consumption has been sporadic. Notes indicate a decent wine but nothing exceptional. In 1995, it was thought to exceed the 1979, though recent experience with the latter suggests a dramatic reversal has occurred. My experience suggests that 1981 was not noteworthy across the board. How times have changed: back then it was mediocrity interspersed with occasional greatness; nowadays we stagger from one almighty vintage to the next it seems, prices exhibiting concomitant escalation . (2452 views)
 Tasted by Dulcie and Aylwin on 9/24/2005: Like children with new toys we were playing with our Riedel Vinum Extremes, which seemed to transform any Burgundy into something magical. With this Pavie, however, we were disappointed. The wine seemed tired and thin, the bouquet struggled to fill the glass. The color was still good, showing a distinct yellow-brown rim. Lean, cedary, cigar boxy and delicate, finish is quite short. A shadow at this stage, its arc almost complete. (2474 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, Cellar Favorites: 1981 Château Cos d’Estournel and 1981 Château Pavie (Aug 2015) (8/1/2015)
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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.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Libournais

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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