Château Pavie is a critically acclaimed – if sometimes controversial – wine estate in the Saint-Émilion appellation of northeastern Bordeaux, on the right bank of the Dordogne river. Originally named a Premier Grand Cru Classé (B) in the 1955 classification of Saint-Émilion wines, it was promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) status in the 2012 iteration. It is known for its Merlot-dominant grand vin.
This vintage shows all the characteristics of maturity, freshness and elegance typical of the Pavie plateau. The brilliant purple color is deep and dense, full of promise with the precise blueberry highlights indicative of the vintage. Concentrated fruit aromas of wonderfully bright black currant and blueberry are supported with a good dose of oak. Initial aromas are juicy and generous, in harmony with spices like licorice; there is toasted oak, too, as well as youthful floral notes typical of the Pavie plateau. The first impression in the mouth is fresh. The mid-palate’s tannic presence is accompanied by a certain lively freshness from the well-balanced mouth-watering acidity; the result is a texture and density that is simply remarkable. The oak is well integrated and still dominant, but experience has shown that the wine’s fruit will emerge. The finish is smooth, rich and opulent with great length.
The way Château Pavie is fermented depends on the vintage. It is kept on the skins for three weeks in 20 temperature-controlled wooden vats. Malolactic fermentation in barrel
Taste: The nose is ripe, elegant and offers complexity, richness, finesse, power, intensity as well as a beautiful finesse of the grain. It reveals notes of ripe cassis, ripe boysenberry and small notes of liquorice associated with small touches of strawberry, caramelization, slight hints of cardamom as well as a subtle hint of incense, Bourbon vanilla and discreet hints of spices.
The palate is fruity, well-balanced and offers juiciness, an acidulous frame, tension, a beautiful definition / precision, a beautiful elegance / finesse, complexity, a beautiful finesse of the grain, a fine minerality as well as a fine freshness. On the palate this wine expresses notes of fleshy / juicy boysenberry, fleshy / juicy cassis and small notes of juicy strawberry associated with slight touches of juicy blueberry, violet as well as slight hints of licorice stick, cardamom, blueberry, vanilla, toasted almond and a subtle hint of hazelnut.