66x Parker 100-Pointers from Bordeaux 1947-2010 tasted blind (Switzerland): Tasted blind. Dark purple. Nose of blue fruit, pine, dried fruit. Rich and ripe on the palate, good aromatics but painful tannins with a very dry finish. Clearly over-extracted, not much pleasure in drinking this, a pity after a good start in the nose. What a cursed flight this was, drying tannins all over the place in these 2005 St.Emilion - 100 pointers no where in sight. This was the third worst wine over the two evenings. Group score: 15.80, group rank: 61/64
Shared this bottle with a group during a 100 pt wine night. We were able to taste this 2005 along with the Pavie 2000, a couple of 100 pt left bank Bordeauxs, and some amazing Napa cabs (100 Acre, Bevin, Colgin)
This 2005 Pavie is without a doubt a 100 pt wine. Although the 2000 was rated 100 points, this blew away the 2000 from the 1st sip. We let both decant for ~2 hours ... the 2005 for 2.5 hours. Absolutely incredible -- could age another 10 years for sure, but VERY drinkable now. Perfect.
Big, brooding and delicious. Still quite tannic even with a 4 hour decant. Our lamb burgers lassoed this wine and took it to the ground, perfect pairing. This wine still is quite young, glad we have 10 more!
I get to taste the post 1998 vintages of Pavie a lot. My feeling is, the 2005 is probably the best of those wines until the dynamic duo of 2009/2010. It continues developing on a good path. The wine is still dark in color, with rich, fat, juicy, opulent, plush textures, fresh, sweet, ripe fruits, pungent aromatics and a long finish with power, length and purity. If you have a case and you're the curious type, pop a cork. If you only have a bottle or two, wait another decade.
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