Magnifique bouteille qui m'a fait peur au début car bouchon très difficile à extraire. Il était en miette et j'ai du carafes. Le vin d'abord d'une couleur légère, tuilee, a pris de la profondeur avec le temps. Superbe vin à maturité, bien qu'il en ait encore sous la pédale. Cèdre, épices, cuir, mais avec encore du fruit. Le corps est d'une grande classe, à la fois fondu mais encore de la puissance. Superbe !
St Emillion First Growths (Chez Bruce, London): A touch more mineral on the nose than the Angelus. Mid weight and nicely rounded. Fully mature and maybe even losing its fruit slightly. Damp earth. Fresh and quite minerally. Very drinkable. ****
good level (lowermost neck) and excellent cork, kept in air-conditioned cellar since purchase at release, some brown at rim, fine, classy nose, palate has class, strength, lovely fine fruit flavour, great length and balance, so good that stopped drinking it with dinner and just savoured it alone after, at its peak, nothing to be gained by further cellaring but certainly not over the hill, may depend on cellaring conditions but this bottle was just lovely and still has remarkable power
2 cm below cork and slightly brown. On the nose green tones, vegatables and smokeyness. Hard and green on the palate. Not very nice and far over it's peak. Where I doubt if the peak was that high... I'm sorry to say but it's worse than I expected when I saw the other notes on CT
Drank between three of us over a Churchill cigar on the deck of NiQ's new house on the Peak. Popped and poured then drank over a long leisurely conversation. Colour is deep and opaque ruby red but with a bit of dustiness hanging in there. Nose is classic and fully mature St. Emilion.....captivating intitially but well short of mesmerising. Palate was full, rich and laden with ripe belly-filling black and red fruits that is so typical of the 1989 vintage. This trupmpter only plays one tune, which is disappointing because there are a lot of notes hidden in there. Disappointingly short on length and resonance for what you would expect from the vintage. Overall, this came across as a rather over-mature 1989 Bordeaux of its class...which I'd put down to the individual bottle. Would love to try again because there was a lot there hidden away. But need to bear in mid that this is a vintage long before Gerard Perse elevated the estate. Thanks NiQ!
Wine was slightly cloudy with a medium + intensity. Garnet coloer with a brown water rim. The nose had a surprizing medium plus intensity primarily tobacco and leather but some fruit. It was fully developed but not pass its peak. On the palette there was black cherryand plum, tobacco, leather, and a hint of chocolate on the finish. The acidity was still remarkable on this wine ad the tannis were silky and well intergrated. Overall an excenllent wine delightful to concume!
No mistaking the warm chocolatey ooze of a big right-banker here. I don't mean big in terms of an extra-ripe/over-extracted merlot bomb however as the fruit here is actually remarkably demure. What it does posess is a full-bodied, creamy palate and some plump but healthy fruit. I hate to say it as it sounds a litte derogatory for a PGCC from a good vintage but the word that springs to mind is "charming".
The perfume of tobacco, spice, earth, and truffle was a pleasure to smell. But the wine was simple, lacking the same level of depth, excitement, and intensity found in the wines made at the property today. This bottle was served to me blind by Jean-Luc Thunevin. After tasting the wine and expressing my thoughts, Jean-Luc called 89 Pavie, “a wine of terroir”. I asked if that was good or bad in this case. With his impish grin, he slyly smiled and said “both’.
Dense core - garnet/ruby with a slight orange rim; Sweet cedar on nose with chocolate, smoke and wood spice; On palate underlying core of dusky plum fruits. Good weight and lovely texture. Finishes with cocoa powder. Licorice and Anise also. Aging nicely and potentially could be better in 3-5 years.
This is the oldest Pavie in my collection and was purchased at teh KaDeWe store in Berlin and brought back in my carry on luggage. Outstanding bottle that has done very well over time. Very good on open, but an hour in the decanter really made this bottle shine. Clear tobacco and leather, smoke and spice, after an hour, the nose developed further and the wine became fatter sweater and more round in the mouth. Drank well for three hours then began to deteriorate rapidly. Don't over decant this, let it stand an hour then enjoy.
Ruby/garnet core fading to a garnet rim with slight bricking. Extremely complex on the nose. Black olives, soy, smoky sweet spice, cherry fruits - it really is incredible. Medium bodied on the palate - delicious continuation of the complexity on the nose. Outstanding hedonistic wine. Beautiful drinking now.
At first the wine seemed tired and the fruit flat, but over around three hours or so the fruit came out as well as did the structure of the wine. The color was a medium deep ruby with minimal color changes at the edge. The nose was full of plums. Minerals and a loaminess were nice additions, and black berry fruit, a fresh leafy tobacco, tar, and hints of baking chocolate rounded out the nose nicely. The mouthfeel was full bodied and dark fruit driven. More black plums, and dark chocoalte. Some bell pepper notes were there and the finish was good but not great with fine tannins. Very enjoyable. 90 pts. If this blle is representative, it will not get any better. Drink up.
Vu le niveau un peu bas de la bouteille, j'étais méfiant. A tort, manifestement. Le vin est étonnamment jeune, certainement pas oxydé. La charge tannique est forte, sans que cela nuise à l'équilibre. La complexité est limitée et cela manque un peu de magie. Je crois que ce vin aurait mérité quelques années de garde supplémentaire.