Saved this for a family dinner before my oldest left for college, while it was past its prime it still was very nice, balanced throughout, the tannins had fully softened, the bouquet dissipated almost immediately, we all enjoyed it for the occasion.
Sampled 5/28/12. The fill was top shoulder and the cork was depressed, not great signs. After removing the foil, the cork was clearly soaked all the way through. The cork could not be removed because it was only going in one directly a quick slide into the bottle. Color has some rust but no real bricking. The nose made me think past peak, but on the palate the wine was much younger and not so much past peak. Leather, mushrooms, slightly burnt blueberries, and sweet vanilla Oak all come through. A solid 88/89 point wine in this condition that deserves a 90 for its ageworthiness. By the way, even after 3 hours, the wine was still in fine form.
Faultless. Truly amazing bottle. 1966 -- bottle from original passive basement storage, then held in Eurocsve for 1 year. Cork was disintegrated. Dark blue color, watery rim but overall presententation was of a 10-15 year old St Emilion. Deep nose, pure, no Brett, no animal, no basement. Just pure. Hard to say much except it has velvet tannins, incredible balance and length beyond expectation. This wine was off the charts among an eclectic group including 1998 Ausone, 1990 Montrose and 1979 Margaux.
This wine was not a product of low yields, stainless tanks nor new oak or replanted vineyards. I love Pavie. THIS Pavie. And it is a beautiful St Emilion.
This is clearly on the downward slope at this point, but there is still enjoyment to be had. Thr fruit has receded and largely given way to secondary characteristics - bacon fat being one of the more prominent ones.
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