A very nice St Emillion. I was able to taste this wine with herb and pepper crusted venison loin..a very nice pairing. The bouquet was very pronounced at opening without additional time in the decanter. The bouquet consisted of leather, black cherry, rasberry, and a hint of vanilla and smoke. The color was a beautiful red garnet and looked to be silky. The look of the wine did not contrast with what was to come on the palate. The 1997 Pavie was silky smooth in the mouth encompassing a medium feel with little to no tannins. The taste provided a smorgasbord of earthy red fruits, rose, hints of pepper and very subtle spices. The aforementioned attributes were more pronounced with just 30 minutes of air! I would suspect that this wine is at peak with an additional 3 years for enjoyment. Score 91 Points.
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