External Reviews for Michael Peter les Pavots -Damaged Label
The Morlets decided to keep the 2004 Les Pavots (a 150-case blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot) in barrel longer than usual. While it may not be one of the finest examples of this cuvée, it is a stunning wine displaying an opaque purple color along with notes of blueberries, cedar, licorice, dried herbs, pepper, and sweet, smoky oak. Full-bodied with superb texture and richness as well as abundant, but sweet, well-integrated tannin, it should evolve for 15 or more years.
Shows complex aromas of dried currant, sage, anise and cedary oak. Very dense, balanced and concentrated on the palate, with a tight focus on the loamy currant flavors. Ends with firm, chewy tannins, but the fruit pushes through. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2009 through 2019.
The 2005 Les Pavots (3,600 cases of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot) is a sensational wine, with a style that suggests a hypothetical blend of a great St.-Emilion and Pomerol. Chocolatey cassis notes intermixed with incense, licorice, and a hint of black olive are present in this wine. When it hits the palate, it comes across as very Pomerol-like, with lushness, full body, and opulence. The tannins are sweet, the pH high, and the wine gorgeously full, pure, dense, and long. It's a terrific example of non-interventionalist winemaking that has turned out a beautiful, silky-textured wine that should age effortlessly for 15+ years. Like so many 2005s, this wine has really put on weight since I tasted it last year.
Bright medium ruby. Primary, brooding aromas of dark berries, licorice and mint; quite youthfully closed today. Then massive and powerful in the mouth, with superconcentrated and nearly syrupy flavors of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, chocolate and earth. As outsized as this is, there's something suave about it. Finishes with major ripe tannins and terrific persistence. This very slowly evolving wine is hard to get a grip on today. I have the feeling that the moderating influence of foggy days during the peak September heat prevented this wine from going over the top.
The 2004 Les Pavots is ripe and is a relatively similar blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine exhibits notes of forest floor intermixed with chocolate, blueberry, blackberry, espresso, and spice. It is strikingly more tannic, and closed compared to the 2005, which is almost the reverse of the vintage character. There were only 2,000 cases produced of the 2004, which needs 2-3 years of bottle age and should drink well for 15+ years.
Full medium ruby. Cassis, dark chocolate, licorice and flowers on the nose. Lush, broad and wonderfully ripe but classically dry, with terrific intensity of currant, chocolate, cedar and leather flavor. Distinctly suave wine, finishing with broad, dusty, building tannins and excellent length. And not at all flat despite the extravagant pH.
The 1998 Les Pavots (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc) was produced from minuscule yields of 1.3 tons of fruit per acre. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to aromas of melted fudge, cocoa, tobacco, and black currant fruit. In the mouth, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with firm tannin, and a compressed, moderately long finish. 1998 was a difficult vintage, but Les Pavots has turned out well. Nevertheless, it is a successful effort in a challenging year. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2014.