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2015 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

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

As usual a tour de force of superconcentrated oaky mass. Even the extreme winemaking cannot entirely disguise the quality of the terroir here, which shines compared to the other Perse wines. Powerful concentration, but still some lift and interest. As usual this is hard to love at this stage, and it will remain controversial, but earlier vintages show that as it matures the mass will diminish and more elegance will emerge. Rating: 93-94+? L&S (Apr 2016)

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This is really something. Sort of speechless when I taste it. It shows evocative aromas of wet earth, oyster shell, dust, tile, blackberries and blueberries. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a length and intensity that is so, so fine. A wine in perfect harmony. Complete. Hard not not to drink. Energetic and balanced. Better to wait for 10 years. Drinking range: 2028 - James Suckling, 2018)

60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. 37 ha. 36 hl/ha. No need for over-extraction because the grapes were naturally ripe. Picked until 9 October. Rich and silky. Blackish crimson. Massive build. Very sweet - but there is some freshness too. Very round tannins. More fluid and less astringent than many vintages. 14.55% Drinking range: 2028 - 2045 Rating: 17+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2016)

Follows recent vintages with more Cabernet Franc (22%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (18%) in the blend. Fragrant dark fruit and spice notes. Powerful tannic frame but the tannins are really refined. Opulent mid-palate but minerality and tension runs through to a firm, driving finish. Accomplished but needs time. Drinking range: 2025 - 2045 Rating: 95 James Lawther MW, 2016)

Rating: 90 Tim Atkin MW, 2016)

For me, this redefines Pavie. The depth and intensity and more important, the clarity, is really something. Full and ultra-fine tannins. It shows such great tannins and finesse. It is the essences of Pavie. Rating: 100-100 James Suckling, 2016)

The 2015 Pavie is a blend of 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon that is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one-year-old barrels. It has a really quite glorious bouquet that is sensual and very well defined and pure. In my opinion, just dialing down the new oak even by 15% is allowing more personality and more terroir-expression to filter through. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe, lace-like tannins and a fine bead of acidity. It feels caressing and sensual in the mouth with superb mineralité and purity on the vivacious and sustained finish. This is unquestionably the best wine from Gérard Perse in 2015: a great Pavie with a very long life ahead, though I would cellar it for at least a decade to witness it in full flight. Drinking range: 2025 - 2060 Rating: 96-98 Neal Martin, 2016)

One of the wines of the vintage, the 2015 Pavie is dense, powerful and seamless. A huge, spherical wine, even for the year, the 2015 exudes depth. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 retains striking freshness and nuance, with plenty of bright red stone fruit and floral notes taking center stage. The super-extracted, oak-driven style that was such a Pavie signature a decade ago seems to be giving way to a more refined approach that showcases fruit, richness and purity. This is a superb showing from Gerard Perse and consulting winemaker Michel Rolland. Rating: 95-98 Antonio Galloni, 2016)

No information on the assemblage was presented here, with no technical staff present at the tasting. With a large swathe of the vineyard dedicated to Cabernet Franc though, I am sure it will feature prominently. The alcohol is 14.55%. This has very dark, baked black fruits on the nose, black cherry with scents of blackberry pie, slightly smudged, with sweet vanilla notes. The palate is bold, with creamed fruit substance, but it feels a little cooler and more restrained than some of the other Perse wines, at least at the start. There is a greater sense of balance here, big in body and substance, but appropriate, composed, with smoky fruit and plush texture. Underneath there is a broad underbelly of ripe, velvety, fairly fine-grained tannins, and a lot of honeyed oak, but it feels more together. A really big, bold, broad finish, with a long tannic grip, but it is not completely overdone. This will need fifteen or twenty years, but it is starting out from a big, confident position. Rating: 17.5-18.5/20 Chris Kissack, 2016)

This delivers some serious fruit firepower, with blueberry, blackberry and plum notes that pump along authoritatively, pulling the creamy tannins along with them. Echoes of tobacco and violet emerge through the finish, along with a buried mineral accent. A contender for wine of the vintage on the Right Bank. Rating: 95—98 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)

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