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CHÂTEAU PAVIE

2013 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification 1er Grand Cru Classé

Like the comparison between Canon la Gaff and Mondotte, so Pavie soars above Bellevue Mondotte. Fresh and rich, but although dry it flows and feels digestible. Powerful and rich, and yes acid freshness concentrates it all to the point of painfulness, but it retains direction and will get there. 2024-2035+ Rating: 93+ L&S (Apr 2014)

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A dense purple color is followed by notes of creme de cassis, mulberries, forest floor and loamy soil with a hint of spicy oak in the background. The oak component is completely balanced by the wine’s rich fruit, medium-bodied texture, and impressive purity, length and equilibrium. The 2013 Pavie should turn out to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage, drinking well in 4-5 years and lasting 15-20. Harvested between October 3-8, this great vineyard situated on the limestone hillsides of the Cote Pavie is a final blend of 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields were 26 hectoliters per hectare, and only 50% of the production made it into the 2013 Pavie. The Merlot crop was largely destroyed by poor flowering, and there is also some re-planting going on. When I visited the magnificent new cellars, Gerard Perse told me that most vines had no more than two to three grape bunches per vine. The natural alcohol came in at 13.26% and the pH was relatively modest. The result is one of the superstars of this difficult vintage. 2018-2038 Rating: 92-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 2014)

Dark red. Plum, blackberry and blueberry on the fruit-driven nose. Fresh and clean on the palate, with spicy dark fruit flavors that are less dense than usual for this wine, in the style of the year. Finishes with a hint of leafiness but also with excellent balance, youthful tannins and sneaky concentration. Will make lovely earlier-than-usual drinking. Rating: 89-91 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)

The nose has a mix of flavours with black fruits tending to dominate. Chewy and chunky in the middle the fruit is surrounded by tannins and although there is more depth at the back the finish is tight with firm tannins and dryness. 2020-30. Rating: 87-91 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(May 2014)

(65 Merlot, 25 Cabernet Franc, 10 Cabernet Sauvignon) 26 hl/ha, 80% new oak, 13.2 alc. Pavie has a very alluring nose where the fruit has thankfully overtaken the oak on the nose (the only wine in the Perse portfolio to show this). It is sour and tart from the oak on the palate but the fruit is stunning and it is hanging in there. Will it break through the oak one day? I wager it will, but this might take ten years. There is serious density here, but this is not a ‘heavy wine’ and thanks to the lower alcohol it might end up being a classic. Rating: 17.5+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Apr 2014)

Very closed nose, and the palate is domineered by tannic fuzz. Doesn’t seem to have the fruit concentration of the Cheval Blanc. You wonder whether the structure will ever fully resolve. Bitter and pinched. (RH) Drink 2020-2026. Rating: 16 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2014)

Deep, dark and reserved on the nose. Dark fruit nuances. Fine, fresh and structured. Terroir really comes through. Firm, long finish. Powerful but harmonious as well. Drink: 2023-2038. Rating: 18 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2014)

The Pavie 2013 has another very pure, almost daringly opulent bouquet that is well defined and very perfumed, hints of violet emerging with time. As usual, the new oak feels a little disjointed at the moment but that will be subsumed during barrel ageing. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins, well judged acidity and purity. There is not the customary weight or dimension to this Pavie, although it comes armed with a caressing, vivacious finish that is uncommon in this vintage. This is a lovely Pavie, although it might well be that the Pavie-Decesse pips it to the post Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2014)

A racy, sleek wine for the vintage with blueberries, minerals and salt. Medium body with firm tannins. Nice how this is reserved and harmonious. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2014)

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