Château Pavie, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Émilion, SHC, 2004

  Château Pavie

"A real sleeper effort from the Perse family, the 2004 Pavie has a dense, bluish purple color and a wonderful, sweet kiss of blackberry, licorice, spice box and roasted herbs. The wine is rich, deep, full-bodied and absolutely remarkable for the vintage. This is certainly a candidate for one of the wines of the year and seems still relatively youthful and promising. Drink it over the next 20 years."

94/100 - Robert Parker, RobertParker.com, August 2015

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. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc

Three of the classic Bordeaux varieties. A relatively rare blend for the right bank, where Cabernet Sauvignon plays a greater role than Cabernet Franc (Figeac being one of the few examples), while on the left bank this is most likely to crop up in the communes with cooler, damper soils such as St Estèphe.