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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 144 
ProducerChâteau Pavie (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Émilion Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2020 and 2048 (based on 13 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pavie on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 10 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by taiwan on 4/23/2015 & rated 90 points: Dense (1823 views)
 Tasted by MikeATL on 12/13/2014 & rated 72 points: Cloyingly ripe on the nose, short, tannic, and weedy on the palate, the best I can say for it is that it was better than the appalling 2005, which when tasted blind a couple of years ago was reminiscent of rotting grass clippings macerated with cough syrup and a few handfuls of powdered tannin. It takes real winemaking magic to get this much weediness and harsh tannin in a wine with this much ripeness. (2979 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 5/2/2014 & rated 94 points: Bordeaux 2009 vs. 2010 - Check in on 50 well known Chateaux: Black core with purple rim. Reserved nose of blue fruit, toast, violets and some pine tree. On the palate extremely concentrated with tannins but unfortunately on the drying side, aromas also need coaxing. The good thing is that it does not smell oxidative upon opening. However after 2h of aeration oxidative notes (sherry) started to appear. It will be interesting to see what this will turn into. My 2000 Pavies have not particularly aged well. Could be a hit or miss. Let’s see. 92-96? To my surprise this did well with the group (Group Score 97.4/RP100) (7298 views)
 Tasted by Wine Fool on 12/10/2013 & rated 99 points: (Decanted for four hours.) This is an impossible wine. Blue, black and purple in color, darkness pervades the bowl. The nose is huge and redolent of ripe black and red fruits, Medjool date jam, candied violet, dark chocolate, cigar box, singed caramel and a hint of galbanum. (Exotic only begins to describe the whole effect!) The wine is huge and full-bodied with tactile richness and viscosity. The concentrated and savory flavors of ripe black fruits, warm brick, moist soil, roast coffee, Turkish bay and vanilla bean paste linger on the palate for nearly a minute. (The words “amplitude” and “majesty” keep coming to mind.) Despite its great size, the wine is neither podgy nor overripe; rather, it is defined and uplifted by a fresh, clarifying acidity. The tannins are as big as the wine itself but fine-grained and polished. This masterpiece makes you wonder how it achieves such harmony from beginning to end. Still, it could use six to eight more years to meld, knit and mellow. After that, look forward to thirty or more years of unbridled pleasure. 99+ points, with perfection just lurking around the corner. (4691 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 11/3/2013 & rated 95 points: Some great wines to help Public Television (WVIZ World Series of Wine Seminar): An RP 100 pointer. I love public TV! Purple in color. Ruby at the rim. This is very tight. Deep, but hard to tell what's going on. Cassis and blueberries and some cigar. A wall of tannins on drinking. Great acidity though. Mouth filing. Lots of fruit, mostly black currants and dark cherries. Slightly warming but not hot. This is so primary. It may be a 100 pointer some day. Today, its work to analyze, but there is so much there here. Hope I am lucky enough to try this again sometime, but at $600, I am not holding my breath. (5034 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/25/2013 & rated 97 points: This was a "backup wine" at a tasting of RP/WS 100-pt wines. It had the misfortune of being contrasted with a 2004 Le Macchiole Messorio to experience two different takes on Merlot-based wines. In any other setting, this wine would have been the star. It remains a baby, but after a two-hour decanting it showed beautifully -- a glassful of hedonism without any of the pain that often accompanies big Bordeaux. (4207 views)
 Tasted by wenderoth on 11/12/2012 & rated 92 points: 2009 Bordeaux Masterclass, Hilton Hotel, Sydney. Tasted blind. Dark, inky purple/black. Heavy black fruits, violets, cedar, anise on the nose. Lovely juicy morello cherry, blackberry on a full-bodied palate. Very fine and potent, mouthfilling tannins and a long, long finish. Too much for me right now. Need to lie down while drinking it and cancel all appointments the next day. (5694 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 7/30/2011 & rated 97 points: The color of purple ink, the perfume displays intense minerality, blueberry, plum, blackberry jam, licorice, coffee and spicy black cherry aromas. This low acid Bordeaux wine coats your mouth with layers of rich, ripe, dense fruit. The long finish is filled with fresh blackberry, stone, blue fruit and coffee. (6874 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 6/29/2010 & rated 98 points: 2009 Pavie, from vines close to 50 years old, is as black as a moonless sky. Incense, licorice, jammy dark fruit, and minerals are the first things you smell. This incredibly concentrated wine fills every area of your palate with dense, decadent berry sensations. The wine finishes with a mélange of chocolate, plum liqueur, and black cherries. This is a thick, hedonistic wine. 96-99 Pts (7300 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 4/1/2010 & rated 96 points: Monster, you need to chew a lot to eat this. Blueberry pie, nice texture but very noticeable obtrusive tannin. 95-97 pts. (6633 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/28/2013)
(Ch Pavie St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/16/2013)
(Ch Pavie St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (12/10/2012)
(Ch Pavie St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2012, IWC Issue #163
(Chateau Pavie Saint-Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.
The World of Fine Wine, June 2010, Issue #28
(Château Pavie 1er Grand Cru Classé B) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
(Chateau Pavie Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/30/2010)
(Ch Pavie St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/30/2010)
(Ch Pavie St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2010, Issue #26, The 2009 Bordeaux Vintage- Futures’ Glory?
(Château Pavie) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, March 2010
(Chateau Pavie St Emilion) An assemblage consisting of Merlot at 70%, Cabernet Franc 20% and Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, alcohol 14.5%, yields 28 hl/ha. A dark core, and a crimson rim, brilliant colours here. Dark and smoky fruit, lots of oak already here, fermented in temperature-controlled wooden vats. Intensely rich in the mouth, a massive texture, beautiful tannins, just as massive as the texture, huge and creamy and yet velvety too. Not the harsh structure I was perhaps expecting. A good acidity to it too. This is a huge and idiosyncratic style of wine which will no doubt incite strong opinions, but I feel I must judge the wine on how it seems to me and how I think it should age; the wine under Perse is now establishing a track record although I confess I have only tasted a few vintages myself. This has the firm structure and balance to age well, and I think it is potentially great. Massive, but needs the cellar!  17.5-18. points
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Château Pavie

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Pavie

2009 Château Pavie

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.


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


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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