The 2020 vintage of Château Pavie marks a turning point for one of the benchmark estates of St. Emilion. Scored 99-100 points by James Suckling and released at slightly below the price of the 2019, the style is moving in a new direction, emphasising terroir and elegance over concentration.
To us, this is a very welcome move and James Lawther MW and Jane Anson both celebrate it too, the latter commenting that the 2020 "shows the limestone terroir in a way that, with the best will in the world, the more concentrated style of Pavie just didn't do."
This is, without doubt, a vintage in which Merlot has shone and a year in which right bank wines will excel.
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|RED||2020||Château Pavie||75cl||£1,440 per case of 6||Château Pavie
2020 / / 75cl
£1,440 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"50% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cask sample. Power and elegance combined. Deep purple-black colour. Intensity and complexity on the nose with dark fruit, cassis, mint and floral notes. Beautifully poised on the palate with smooth attack and persistent fruit and freshness. Powerful tannic frame but tannins really fine and no extraction. Long, persistent finish. Absolute precision. More than highlights the change in style. One of the best yet. 18 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"The Cabernets dominate the blend on the aromatics, and you can really see they are moving the needle on the architecture and sculpting of this wine. A ton of concentration on the nose and upfront, but it is well balanced by damson and blackberry, and has a sense of energy, uplift and clear minerality. This shows the limestone terroir in a way that, with the best will in the world, the more concentrated style of Pavie just didn't do. There is density and glamour, with layers of black chocolate, graphite and liquorice. It is pretty disarming overall, and will age extremely well. 3.61pH. A yield of 31hl/ha, average age of vine 49 years. 75% new oak. Drinking Window 2027 - 2044. 97 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"Composed of 50% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2020 Pavie weighs in with an alcohol of 14.82% and a pH of 3.61. It is aging in French oak barriques, 75% new. Opaque purple-black colored, notes of plum pudding, blueberry pie and dark chocolate-covered cherries charge out of the gate, followed closely by hints of eucalyptus, star anise, unsmoked cigars and fertile loam with a hint of cedar chest. The full-bodied palate is built like a brick house, offering very firm yet wonderfully ripe, velvety tannins and seamless freshness to support the densely laden, muscular black and blue fruits, finishing very long and with loads of mineral-laced layers. As hedonic as it is cerebral this year, it is a beautiful paradox. Drink 2027-2062. 97-99 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com------"The aromas are already exceptional, showing crushed-stone, limestone and salt character to the dark fruit and bark. It’s full-bodied, yet agile. Floats on the palate, then kicks in with loads of ultra fine tannins. The intensity and verve of this wine promises true greatness. 99-100 points" jamessuckling.com