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Château Pavie, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2017


Colour: Red
Producer: Château Pavie
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: St Emilion
Grape Variety: Merlot Cabernet

Château Pavie, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2017

Tasting Note:

Gerard Perse's wines are quite divisive. The unashamedly large-scale wines do not find favour with everyone. His flagship, Chateau Pavie gleams from its wonderful site on the limestone and clay slopes of the eponymous Cote Pavie. Produced from 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Pavie underwent a 38 day maceration in temperature controlled wooden vats with less pumping over than usual. If there is a change in style it is subtle, this is still a massive wine packed with toasty notes, earthy black fruit and liquid minerals - there are many layers of thick dark fruit and the fruit is long, complex and powerful. We still have reservations about the tannins - it is a massive wine. There is some freshness, but the structure dominates. It will require many years before it will be approachable.

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