Bordeaux 2016: Chateau Pavie and Chateau Angelus

Bordeaux 2016: Chateau Pavie and Chateau Angelus
The new boys to the Premier Grand Cru Classé 'A' club seem very comfortable amongst the elite chateaux on the right bank. We were really impressed by Stephanie de Bouard’s vision for Angelus. There appears to be much more finesse and energy without losing any of the scale or grandeur. We collectively felt that it was the finest young Angelus we have tasted. This has once again been reflected in the critics’ scores.

'Incredible depth of fruit. Dense yet agile and energetic. It has so much dynamic fruit and tannin structure. Makes you want to taste and taste. What a young wine! We will see if 2016 is better than 2015. Both are great. 99-100/100’. - James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Alas, our schedule didn’t align with Monsieur Perse’s, so we cannot comment on the 2016 Pavie. Apparently, the style is evolving, and the wines are less massive and imposing as Pavies of the past. One thing that hasn’t changed is the magnificent terroir. This commanding situation, which dominates the clay and limestone Côte of St Emilion has long been revered. Yet again, Pavie’s scores are flirting with perfection.

The 2016 Pavie is a blend of 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 38 hectoliters per hectare between 10 and 20 October. The alcohol this year is 14.55%, and it is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one-year-old wood. As Gérard Perse explained, this is a Pavie that has taken stock and shifted in direction in recent years, reflecting more of its exceptional terroir instead of winemaking. It has a very intense bouquet that is extremely well-defined and shrugs off that higher alcohol level. You can find the graphite vein courtesy of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the underlying tension, while a second bottle had a soupçon more florality. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, ripe, supple tannins that gently caress the mouth. It feels beguiling and charming, totally different in style compared to say Cheval Blanc, offering a more sensual take on the 2016 growing season. It is a very impressive follow-up to the 2015 Pavie and may surpass it once in bottle. Drink 2026 - 2060. 98-100/100’. - Neal Martin, robertparker.com

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