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2021 Château Pavie En Primeur

Released this morning at £1392 per six bottles in bond (down 2.5% on the 2020), the 2021 vintage of Château Pavie is described by Antonio Galloni as "shaping up to be a very special wine. All it needs is time (95-97 points)."  

With such emphasis on concentration and power in many top right bank wines from recent vintages, the middle-weight style of 2021 Pavie may deter some buyers, but the critics are very complimentary about the wine, with Neal Martin describing it as "superb" and Jane Anson as "excellent", with the usual "full on Pavie signature".  In keeping with the vintage, freshness, saline notes and a general sense of energy shine through in the 2021, so drinkers who (like us) enjoy this style may well prefer it to some of the more concentrated years.

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Château Pavie, St. Emilion

Producer Profile

Château Pavie, St. Emilion

Château Pavie is a Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) estate in the commune of St. Emilion.  The land here has been farmed since Roman times and the estate takes its name from the peach orchards which once stood here ('pavie' is still used as the name for a type of peach; also Latin 'Pavia' from peach).  It is one of three estates that share the Pavie name (the others being Pavie Macquin and Pavie-Decesse).  The modern estate began in the nineteenth century with various parcels of land later sold and incorporated into Macquin and Decesse.

Pavie has been owned since 1998 by former supermarket chain owner Gerard Perse, who also owns Pavie-Decesse, Bellevue-Mondotte and other estates on the right bank.  Extensive replanting and investment have put Pavie back at the top of the estates in the commune.  An impressive new chais was built in 2013.  The vineyard extends to 37 hectares in unified plots.  The heart of the estate is on the famous 'Pavie slope', a south-facing terroir of limestone soils.  The grape varieties planted are Merlot (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Cabernet Franc (25%).

Perse was for many years an exponent of a very concentrated, dense style of wine at Pavie, but very recent vintages have followed the broader trend in St-Emilion toward a fresher style which is more expressive of the limestone terroir...a move which we welcome.


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