|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||1er Grand Cru Classé|
60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. A curious dry nose, more stone than fruit, but on the palate all the richness is there in spades - plums and poached plums, a compote of ripe red fruit, plums and blackberries. Not impossibly tannic, this can be held in the mouth, there's juice and more flow than in some past vintages here. Not for me at present as it does dry significantly on the finish, but certainly ambitious and this does have a sense of a fine terroir, so you feel it will get there in the end. Drinking range: 2030 - 2055 Rating: 93-94 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 Pavie is a blend of 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 38 hectoliters per hectare between 10 and 20 October. The alcohol this year is 14.55%, and it is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one-year-old wood. As Gérard Perse explained, this is a Pavie that has taken stock and shifted in direction in recent years, reflecting more of its exceptional terroir instead of winemaking. It has a very intense bouquet that is extremely well-defined and shrugs off that higher alcohol level. You can find the graphite vein courtesy of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the underlying tension, while a second bottle had a soupçon more florality. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, ripe, supple tannins that gently caress the mouth. It feels beguiling and charming, totally different in style compared to say Cheval Blanc, offering a more sensual take on the 2016 growing season. It is a very impressive follow-up to the 2015 Pavie and may surpass it once in bottle. Drinking range: 2026 - 2060 Rating: 98-100 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Apr 2017)
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