This was my second try at this bottle and I still found myself disappointed. Although the wine appeared to be fine in colour and appearance, it was quite sour on the palette with no real strong points in flavours. I'm quite confused by this based on other's tasting notes. Perhaps I just ran into a few bad bottles.
First Pavie experience and I was underwhelmed. I understand it's early to drink this bottle, however I don't see the elements that will make this any better in the future. I'll chalk it up to being in a closed or awkward phase. With that said, the wine changed quite a bit over the three hours it was consumed (double decanted 7 hours prior to the tasting) and these are my impressions:
First small pour had a nose of ripe red fruit. On the palate, acid is overwhelming and the fruit shows a mix of red and dark fruit. Not very enjoyable on its own - better with cheese and charcuterie.
3 hrs later: Acid is out of whack with the fruit and the tannin. Overall the structural elements are there but it's currently lacking in balance. The fruit itself is not very enjoyable either - it is sour and disjointed. There does seem to be some concentration and deeper layers but they're not showing clearly and seemed to tighten up over the course of the evening. There's a lingering finish but it's not very pleasant. Likely needs more time before being enjoyable.
All around lovely wine. From cellar where wine rested since purchase. Bottle in great shape with very little ullage. Most of the sediment clung to the inside of the bottle and made the process of decanting very easy. Excellent, dark color; very youthful looking. No sign of fatigue; quite the contrary, as it appears really young for a 2004. Amazing rich, cherry, vanilla nose and on the palate fine tannins surround the perfume, dark cherry and strawberry flavors. A bit fleshy, but I think the Cabernet Franc shows through in this wine. Excellent balance. Tannins are medium in assiduousness and subside after about one hour of air time. Good tight, mouth watering finish. Enjoy this for a number of years.
(Served with a bacon wrapped filet with a green peppercorn sauce and farro pilaf with cherries in a balsamic reduction sauce. Splendid combo!)
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(Chateau Pavie St Emilion) A very dense and glossy appearance here. The nose is appealingly aromatic, carrying the essence of freshly crushed blackberries, perhaps a little cherry, alongside which there is plenty of spice and aromatics derived from this wines time in oak, which exceeded 24 months. The palate is initially a little surprising, not showing a lot of flesh at first, but this fills out in the midpalate and it has all the rich, creamy texture here that you would expect. There is a wonderful depth of fruit, with a pickling-spice complexity that sings extract, quality and promise to me. Deep, structured, but harmonious, the tannins being firm and defined, but well covered with fruit. This has excellent potential.
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