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Community Tasting Notes (4) Avg Score: 96.5 points

  • Bordeaux 2009 vs. 2010 - Check in on 50 well known Chateaux: Black core with purple rim. Just when you thought the 09 is the peak of brutality comes this monster. Aroma profile is a bit different. Reserved nose of blue fruit, meat, forest, tar and some OZ Shiraz notes of torrefaction (Torbreck Run Rig comes to my mind). On the palate extremely concentrated with again tannins on the drying side, aromas also need coaxing. There is even an ever so slight oxidative side, just like the 09. Again, it will be interesting to see what this will turn into. 95? To my surprise the group ratet this very high as well. (WOTN #5, Group Score 97.6/RP98)

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  • Inky in color, the wine is stuffed with layers of ripe, sweet, dense, mouth coating dark berries and lush textures that delivers layers of fruit. The wine ends with a long, pure, intense, licorice, dark berry, chocolate, blackberry and boysenberry finish. Lay this down for at least a decade.

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  • 2010 Pavie From a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is deep in color. With aromas of fresh plums, licorice, crushed stone, flowers, pepper and earthy scents, this is a Pavie with a refined character. In fact the level of alcohol is low for recent vintages of St. Emilion and Pavie. In 2010, it reached 14.2%, which is lower than every recent vintage of Pavie. 2010 is not produced in a big, ripe style. With structure and refinement, this is a balanced wine with complexity. It is not as upfront and showy as 2009, 2005, 2003, or 2000 and that will make some people happy and will not please others. Like they say, you can’t make everyone happy all the time. 95-97 Pts

    During the tasting, Gerard Perse ranked his favorite vintages of Pavie. 2010, 2009, 2005 and 2000 are in the order Perse ranks them. That’s interesting as for me, from those 4 vintages, I am the exact reverse order.

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  • 2010 Bordeaux En Primeur; 4/3/2011-4/4/2011 (Bordeaux): More civilized than the Bellevue, complex fruit expression, polished black fruits, exceptional concentration, silky tannins and long length, the tannins are noticeable but much more civil than the Bellevue 97-99 pts

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