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.
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.
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. ****
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.
(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.