We brought this bottle to La Belle Ve for your 38th anniversary. They decanted it for us. We enjoyed a glass of Chardonnay while we gave the Pavie some time to open up. The first taste was of dark cherry with hints of a forest. The last glass was very close to perfect wine.
This is really outstanding. The nose has dried plum, black currant, saddle leather, earthy and savory notes, hints of vanilla, and some dried floral scents. The palate is lovely with loads of flavor and complexity and an almost tension like feel. This is just beginning to show signs of maturity but has years to develop yet.
Floral, earth, cherry blossoms, licorice, black raspberries, smoke and a faint whisper of oak in the background open to a soft, dusty, olive tapenade and plummy palate. This is probably at or close to its peak. No hurry to drink it, but it's not a wine to lay down for decades. I decanted this about 2 hours before consumption. The olive component became stronger as the night wore on. My instincts say, this wine might be better with a short decant, or popped and poured and allowed to develop in the glass.
Very nice wine. Deep garnet, aromas of forest floor, tastes of dark berries, black currant, blackberry, blueberry, with hints of fig, mushroom, coffee, black pepper and chocolate. Just now coming to full bloom.
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(CHAT PAVIE) #2 (by Nick P); COLOR-dark; NOSE-smells like crap surrounded by cinnamon & plum; nice smokiness; I like it; warm 5 day old V-8 juice; TASTE-a ton of complexity; tremendous mouthfeel; very silky; nice dark pepper component, green peppers & potato peel; vegetal & coffee components; V8 juice mixed w/ coffee; bring serious THUNDER for my palate; very intriguing for sophisticated palates; it's not delicious, but I love it; great food wine (meat/mushroom dish); serious complexity; extremely long finish; RP-94; GV-93+
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