Château Pavie Decesse, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2009

  Château Pavie Decesse

Château Pavie Decesse, St Emilion Grand Cru

Pavie Decesse 2009 will not be for everyone. There are high toned notes of flowers, cherries, plum liqueur and slatey minerality. The palate is hot, spicy and dry with flavours of raisiny fruit. An enormously powerful wine, but this lacks a bit of refinement and class.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Pavie Decesse

Although its reputation is somewhat overshadowed by that of Chateau Pavie, a Premier Grand Cru Classe, Chateau Pavie-Decesse’s vines, located on top of Saint Emilion’s limestone plateau, actually look down on those of the more famous estate. Wine is made there with the same care as at Pavie, which it borders, and with which it shared a very similar terroir. Both properties were previously owned by the Valet family until they were purchased by Gérard Perse, owner of Château Monbousquet, in 1997.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.