Château Pavie, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2012

  Château Pavie

This is a great and complex terroir just the south east of St Emilion town. Monsieur Perse continues to produce modern examples with huge levels of extract and tannin, however, over recent years we have detected a little more restraint and charm in his wines. Along with Angelus, Pavie was promoted to 1er Grand Cru Classé ‘A’. By Yields are 28 hl/ha. 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The bouquet is a smorgasbord of cooked meats, minerals, crème de mûre, sloe and kirsch. The palate is packed with little berries; pure focussed and intense. Although this is brooding and dark in character, there are lots of little red berries interspersed across the palate. As we mentioned earlier, tannins are extractions have become gentler over recent years. The 2012 is still a large scale wine, but there is sufficient fruit to carry it. Still big and modern, but it is more charming than past efforts and will no doubt become harmonious with time in bottle.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Pavie

The ancient Pavie vineyard – going back at least as far as the 4th century AD – is located on the southern part of the Cote de Saint-Emilion (Saint-Emilion slope). Gerard Perse’s purchase of Pavie, in 1998, did wonders for the estate. Chateau Pavie is located on nearly 37 hectares of vines in a single block and is divided into three terroirs; the limestone plateau, deep clay soil, and at the foot of the slop – a sandy clay with slight amount of gravel. Chateau Pavie was upgraded to the ranks of 1er Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ in 2012 and now sits alongside, Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Angelus in the elite St Emilion classification. The wines are always massive, dense and tannic when tasted from barrel, but the class of the terroir typically starts to show through after five years in bottle.

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.