95-97: a true stunner! Had it been served blind, we would have never guessed its age. Purple hue with a lively fruit driven nose, this bottle is in early maturity. Tannins are fine, and acid is receding, but the fruit is still powerful. Has a long, long finish; outshone the 2003 Haut Brion that followed. By far one of my favorite Bordeaux.
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(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.