Winner of our 2008 Bordeaux tasting including Haut Brion, Margaux, Lafite... A real crowd pleaser. A lot darker than the other 2008 wines. Soft tannins and really nice mouthfeeling. Loads of dark berries. What a shame I did not buy it en primeur.
08 Château Pavie has the color of a pitch black, moonless night. The perfume is packed with boysenberry, minerals, truffles, smoke, and dark berries. This wine is thick, rich, and decadent. It feels soft and plush on your palate as it flows across all your pleasure buttons. Definitely a hedonistic style of wine. 94-97Pts
Bordeaux 2008 (Bordeaux): Very dark color. Oak-derived notes. Gums attacked, but not as aggressive as in the past; this one is OK, but certainly a modern style û indicating rather that with time the elements here may well come together. Later, a pleasing cinnamon aspect, with very ripe plum. Some extraction on the finish. Largely depends on your stylistic preferences... 89-94
Bordeaux En Primeur 2008; 3/27/2009-4/3/2009 (Bordeaux): 2008 Barrel sample tasted blind at a 10 wine presentation of Premiers Grands Crus Classés de Saint-Emilion at Chateau Trottevieille. Color: Very dark, blue streaks. Impenetrable Nose: Complex, concentrated, beautiful. Big. Blackberry compote. Palate: A very nice wine. Very high "new world" levels of extraction in style, but on ripe delicious fruit. Luscious, velvety and big-boned. Ripe, voluptuous. Tannic. Long Finish. Intense wine! Result: One of my top 2 in the blind tasting (with Figeac)
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(Château Pavie (St Emilion)) A dark, glossy and saturated hue - nothing new for Pavie! The fruit character on the nose is concentrated, slightly baked though, with cherry and plum character. It is smoky, and it does not have the freshest of fruit profiles either, displaying a slightly ill-defined edge. The palate is supple, bold, broad and very concentrated, with a very impressive concentration of flavour, substance and structure. This latter element is predominantly tannin, huge and somewhat overbearing, with a chewy character. Long, imposing, with massive grip and fierce punch in the finish. Imposing rather than elegant, this will need years. And years.
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