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Chateau Pavie ' France Merlot 2008

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Robert Parker rates this wine 96-98+ points and writes: "Is the 2008 Pavie superior to the 2005 and 2000? While that is impossible to know at this stage of its development, it will certainly be one of the three greatest Pavies made under the administration of Chantal and Gerard Perse. Cropped at a very low 30 hectoliters per hectare, the final blend is a classic Pavie combination of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 14.5% natural alcohol is the highest ever achieved at this estate. The inky/blue/purple color is followed by a wine with a concentrated, full-bodied texture, a layered mouthfeel, fresh acids, abundant tannin, and a 50-60-year evolution ahead of it. Compared to the enormous, but backward 2005, the 2008 seems even less evolved at a similar stage. Sweet creme de cassis, black cherry, licorice, and smoky barbecue characteristics combine with a liqueur of minerality that resonates from this terroir that is considered to be among the top dozen or so vineyard sites in Bordeaux. This remarkable offering, from a person who has, thankfully, ignored the petty jealousy and unfair criticism of his administration, is another St.-Emilion for your children’s children. For the fact-mongers, this cuvee was hand-harvested between October 13-21, with the grapes put in small plastic containers. Everything is moved by gravity flow, and there is no fining or filtration following a slightly longer than normal aging (28-30 months) in oak casks."

Pavie, Société Civile Agricole du Chateau:
The history of Pavie Decesse is inseparable from that of Pavie, and vines were first planted here in the 4th century. Located on Saint-Emilion's limestone plateau, Pavie Decesse was part of Pavie itsefl until the late 19th century when Ferdinand Bouffard, owner of Pavie since 1885, decided to consolidate several plots of Pavie to form a separate estate. At the end of the First World War, Fer... Read more
The history of Pavie Decesse is inseparable from that of Pavie, and vines were first planted here in the 4th century. Located on Saint-Emilion's limestone plateau, Pavie Decesse was part of Pavie itsefl until the late 19th century when Ferdinand Bouffard, owner of Pavie since 1885, decided to consolidate several plots of Pavie to form a separate estate. At the end of the First World War, Ferdinand Bouffard sold the vineyard to Monsieur Marzelle, who was the owner when the chateu was given Grand Cru Classe status in the first classification of Saint-Emilion estate in 1954. After M. Marzelle's death in 1970, Jean-Paul Valette, who already owned Chateu Pavie, was entrusted with managing Pavie Decesse, which he purchased in 1990. The estate was purchased by Gerard Perse in 1997. Read less

Member Reviews for Chateau Pavie ' France Merlot

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Snooth User: chaspat
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04/21/2011

Five glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Pavie ' France Merlot

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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/10/2011

Dunkles Rubin. Herrlich florales-fruchtiges, direktes Bouquet, Rosen, Himbeeren, ein Touch Grenadine, getrockneter Rosenpfeffer. Im Gaumen sehr frisch, fein stützende Tannine, wieder viel verschwenderische, rotbeerige Frucht die sich jetzt auch mit Kirschen mischen. Tolles Début eines neuen, sehr fairpreisigen Weines vom rechten Ufer.



Robert Parker rates this wine 96-98+ points and writes: "Is the 2008 Pavie superior to the 2005 and 2000? While that is impossible to know at this stage of its development, it will certainly be one of the three greatest Pavies made under the administration of Chantal and Gerard Perse. Cropped at a very low 30 hectoliters per hectare, the final blend is a classic Pavie combination of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 14.5% natural alcohol is the highest ever achieved at this estate. The inky/blue/purple color is followed by a wine with a concentrated, full-bodied texture, a layered mouthfeel, fresh acids, abundant tannin, and a 50-60-year evolution ahead of it. Compared to the enormous, but backward 2005, the 2008 seems even less evolved at a similar stage. Sweet creme de cassis, black cherry, licorice, and smoky barbecue characteristics combine with a liqueur of minerality that resonates from this terroir that is considered to be among the top dozen or so vineyard sites in Bordeaux. This remarkable offering, from a person who has, thankfully, ignored the petty jealousy and unfair criticism of his administration, is another St.-Emilion for your children’s children. For the fact-mongers, this cuvee was hand-harvested between October 13-21, with the grapes put in small plastic containers. Everything is moved by gravity flow, and there is no fining or filtration following a slightly longer than normal aging (28-30 months) in oak casks."

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