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 Vintage1998 Label 1 of 81 
ProducerChâteau Pavie (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Émilion Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2035 (based on 55 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pavie on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.4 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 157 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by markelln@bellsouth.net on 6/6/2015 & rated 95 points: Classic Bordeaux. Double decanted before traveling to Blue Duck, D.C. Decanted there for almost an hour before serving. Minimal fine sediment. Garnet, black raspberry, cassis, and lead pencil. Mild tannins, with suave mouthfeel, and extended finish. (611 views)
 Tasted by nc99 on 6/2/2015 & rated 93 points: This is very modern in style for a Bordeaux. Breathed it in the bottle for 30 mins and poured afterwards. The nose had caramel, mocha, red fruits and dark fruits. The palate was very silky. Although this is a bit modern, it is so ready to drink. Great effort! (893 views)
 Tasted by JulianSkeels on 5/23/2015 & rated 92 points: Disappointing. 30-45 min double decant was good, with wine opening in the glass. Very mineral nose and rich mouthfeel, with particuarly broad mid-palate. The smokey notes I love from Pavie took a while to emerge. Not as thick as expected. The wine evolved in the glass - at one point was v hedonistic, then became flat with some heat on the finish. Not sure where this is heading, will drink my case soon and with food. I much preferred the 2001 Pavie a few years ago. (831 views)
 Tasted by conviction buy on 3/18/2015 & rated 91 points: Deep garnet, intense nose of dark cherry, oak vanilla and beautiful floral aroma. Painfully concentrated, tannin beginning to soften, bit dry and grippy, plummy on palate. Bitter aftertaste made this wine less enjoyable. Better to go with food. (1681 views)
 Tasted by SimonG on 1/14/2015 & rated 92 points: St Emillion First Growths (Chez Bruce, London): A bit more intensity on the nose. Mineral with a good pinch of garriguey thyme. Similar on palate. There's a cool elegance to the plushness here. With air, significantly drier on the finish. A slight edge to it. Still, a very pleasant surprise though and a very decent wine. **** (1840 views)
 Tasted by DAN BAILEY on 1/14/2015: Ripe, creamy, black fruit, figgy. Still very young but seemed to fade in the glass. (1793 views)
 Tasted by jjwala on 1/5/2015 & rated 88 points: medium nose. short finish. disappointed as was expecting a lot more. (1737 views)
 Tasted by Evan Dawson on 1/3/2015 & rated 93 points: I'm shocked to give this wine 93 points, given the hype and noise surrounding this producer. This was Pavie's first vintage in its new direction, a full five years before it split Parker and Jancis apart. Happily, it's nothing more offensive than modern-styled, very good right-bank Bordeaux. Granted, Cab Franc must feel like the actor whose scenes were cut from the film, but this is not a port-like effort. Ripe, but not silly. Big. Still primary. If you're looking for a syrup-bomb, find another vintage. If you prefer old-style claret, this might not work for you. But it's impressive. (1628 views)
 Tasted by RussK on 10/25/2014 & rated 91 points: Russk K&A's Group at Vienna Cafe. Still to tight. Touch green. Pavies don't move me. (2034 views)
 Tasted by jonnyoro on 9/24/2014 & rated 96 points: I really love this wine- getting better and better...full bodied, excellent red fruit, plums, minerality, distinctly at. Emilion with a new world bent... Long finish... And very complete on a lovely drinking plateau... (1840 views)
 Tasted by dream on 9/18/2014 & rated 88 points: Tasted alongside the '98 Cheval Blanc and Angelus. This has bigger bones and riper fruit and I liked it at first because it showed a really high-class texture and was thick and rich but with plenty of refreshing acids. However, with food and further air, it began to deviate from the other two more classic wines showing more angular notes, sharper tannins and hints of over-ripeness. In the end, this wasn't aging as well as the other two wines which makes sense given the higher extraction level and I think I sense the manipulation here. We'll see what more time does but I wouldn't want this in my cellar. 88? (2021 views)
 Tasted by gsquireh on 2/23/2014 & rated 94 points: Lovely again! (3849 views)
 Tasted by hrazdiiv on 2/2/2014 & rated 94 points: A very well made wine, the first vintage made by Gerard Perse after he bought the property and the quality is immediately apparent. Beautiful colour, medium red an amazingly classic bordeaux nose of earth, dark fruits, supported by still-firm tannins. Did not decant and would not recommend you do so, its just not necessary. We drank the wine over 3 hours and it never lost a beat so decanting would not improve. I'd especially recommend this vintage (and 2001) for those who want to try Pavie but can't pay 2000 or 2005 prices. Best 1998 right bank wine I have tasted in a while. (3629 views)
 Tasted by thomas.bagge on 1/10/2014 & rated 92 points: A disappointing experience. First bottle was corked and second bottle had seen it's prime. Having had four bottles, flawed or not memorable, my recommendation is to drink sooner rather than later. (3431 views)
 Tasted by Sandbar on 12/14/2013 & rated 97 points: This Pavie was the first from a case purchased at auction last summer. I didn't expect it to be so ready to drink, but I just can't imagine it getting any better. Plenty of fruit, very gentle tannins, and a long, long finish. It was opened for about 1 hour and served at a Bourbon Steak in Washington DC. The whole group loved it, including the som. Hurrah for corkage!

By far the best St. Emilion I have ever enjoyed. I'm so happy to have 11 left to share over the next decade. (3452 views)
 Tasted by sablep on 12/9/2013: Give 2 hours (3403 views)
 Tasted by Philou68 on 12/6/2013 & rated 98 points: This is phenomenal stuff! Decanted for 30 min...Robe shows no signs of aging...Such a complex, deep and powerful bouquet paired with great persistant flavors that coat the palate is a rare tasting experience...kept improving during the tasting as it got more air in the decanter.. The tertiary aromas are not quite there yet, but there is no reason not to drink this addictive wine now! At that level of magic, nothing really matches a grand bordeaux which is hitting a perfect drinking phase..It's the improbable mixture of incredible finesse, class , complexity and persistant aromas only found in great Bordeaux! Still has enough tanins and structure to further evolve for another decade..relieved after a corked bottle opened 2 years earlier..Certainly my best 1998 drank so far (even better than Haut brion 1998 drank 2 months ago). (2184 views)
 Tasted by WendyS on 11/18/2013 & rated 97 points: This wine was spectacular in 9/13. (2321 views)
 Tasted by stealthman_1 on 10/12/2013 & rated 93 points: Plumish, blood fruits, deep black cherry, slight forrest floor. On the palate, medium-full body, elegantly structured, lively acidity on the back end with well integrated tannins. A pleasure to drink, but there's no WOW here that would move it into higher point range. Drunk or hold, not falling off any cliffs any time in the next decade. (2328 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 10/7/2013 & rated 94 points: Drank from magnum. I just love this wine. Still dark red in color and nice youthful vibrancy. Some secondary flavors but this still has a long life ahead of it. (2253 views)
 Tasted by jetfan on 9/17/2013 & rated 95 points: Drinking amazingly
Nose a bit muted but great complexity and great time to open (2411 views)
 Tasted by Average Wine Guy (MH) on 9/16/2013 & rated 92 points: The 1998 Château Pavie is medium garnet in colour with a very slight tawny rim. An opulent, expressive, layered nose of red currants, dark cherries, rosemary, slight clay and dusty cedar. Nonetheless, an integrated bouquet that also displays another dimension of roasted coffee beans, which was attractive for sure.

An initial entry of sweetness on the palate with red currants, dark cherries and underlying cedar. A mid-end palate of roasted coffee beans and thyme before sour cherries slowly start to dominate at the finish with a rising back-end alcohol. Pleasant sweetness yet powerful intensity in a rather big-styled wine. Intense structure and good drive. Tannins are still grippy and powerful, displaying quite a character despite its age - a wine that is definitely still alive. (2432 views)
 Tasted by patwjr on 6/20/2013 & rated 94 points: Still somewhat tight and not revealing all it's got, even after a decant of an hour+. Last few sips were the best. I'll wait another 3 years before opening next bottle. (2974 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 6/15/2013 & rated 92 points: There is probably no reason to hold this wine any longer. The secondary aromatics are in full force, with their licorice, stone, smoke and dark plum with red berry profile. Concentrated, full bodied and rich, the only draw back to the wine is a touch of bitter olive in the finish, which some tasters are going to like more than others. (3483 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 5/9/2013 & rated 94 points: Nose - cedar, tobacco
Mouth - dark cherry dry tannins very lovely fruit punchy flavors, good complexity, juicy deliciously ripe and dry fruit. Impressive stuff. (3016 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/11/2006)
(Ch Pavie St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, May 2004
(Chateau Pavie St Emilion) My first taste of post-Valette Pavie - Gérard Perse took control here in March 1998. Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%. Yields are a very low 25 hl/ha. A dark, inky and yet vibrant colour. Very concentrated, with dark fruits on the nose. The palate is dense, concentrated, and rich. There is plenty of extract and texture here, not surprising in view of the batonnage employed. The fruit is rich and lovely, the tannins ripe and supple. Toffee and liquorice notes. The most dark, concentrated and textured wine here, but texture is not everything.  17.5 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/21/2004)
(Château Pavie) Tasty coffee, caramel palate with great structure; long finish  95 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/21/2003)
(Château Pavie) Reticent nose; big, tannic monster, chocolate, coffee palate; long finish (55% Merlot, 25% Cab Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon)  94 points
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Château Pavie

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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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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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