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2022 Château Pavie En Primeur

 2022 Château Pavie:  Release expected May/June 2023. 


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Château Pavie, St. Emilion

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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.


RED 2022 Château Pavie 75cl £1,788 per case of 6 Château Pavie
2022 / / 75cl
£1,788 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"The 2022 Pavie was picked from 19 September to 1 October at 31hL/ha and matured in 75% new oak. The estate now comprises 42 hectares as it has absorbed Pavie-Decesse and Bellevue-Mondotte, ergo, these names are no more. This demonstrates a little over-ripeness on the nose: macerated black cherries, kirsch, cassis and a touch of fresh prune. Does that translate across onto the palate? Actually, no. It is undoubtedly decadent and rich, but it retains balance and delivers a very velvety texture, with mouth-filling tannins. Powerful and yet undeniably harmonious, it feels plush and luxuriant on the finish, with a touch of dark chocolate lingering on the aftertaste. I am intrigued to revisit this after bottling and, because of the aromatics and not the palate, I err on the side of caution, though repouring, it feels slightly fresher. 14.47% alcohol. NB It comes in a specially-designed engraved bottle without a label. 2030-2065. 93-95 points" Neal Martin,"Wonderfully intense and concentrated, this is an impressive Pavie, muscular, intense and well constructed. It has an exuberance to the aromatics that is striking, with incense, baked damson, milk chocolate and creamy black cherry fruits, almost overwhelming until the limestone fingerprints hit in the mid palate to add tentson and salinity, even a hint of savoury freshness. Powerful, will take the full ten years to come around. 75% new oak. Buno Lacoste consultant. First year with the inclusion of Pavie Decesse and Bellevue-Mondotte, bringing it to 42ha, which is the biggest fully classified footprint, with 30ha on the plateau. Harvest 19 to October 1. 10th anniversary of classification and 25th harvest of Gerard Perse. 95 points""Intense aromas of cherries and spices. Full and layered without being heavy. It starts large and rich, but the tension and tannins tighten down. It's structured and powerful. Velvety, edgy tannins. Very salty at the end. Like an unpolished diamond. It now includes Pavie Decesse and Bellevue. Slightly overdone but wait and see. 52% merlot, 30% cabernet franc and 18% cabernet sauvignon. 95-96 points"

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