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

  Château Pavie

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.

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.