Peter Michael 'Les Pavots' Knight's Valley Bordeaux Blend 2000
The distinctive aromas and flavors of our proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot exhibits its hillside origin on the slopes of Mt. St. Helena in Knights Valley. Rocky, rhyolitic soils created through volcanic activity millennia ago contribute a mineral richness and add to the wine's complexity. Spanning 23 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an elevation of nearly 1,800 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below. Grapes are handpicked in late October and then cold soaked in a tank for almost four days before fermentation.Traditional Bordeaux vinification fermentation contributes to the intense color extraction and soft, round tannins. Our Les Pavots was aged in small French oak barrels for 20 months. Bottled in July 2002, this wine was aged for 8 months before release.
External Reviews for Peter Michael 'Les Pavots' Knight's Valley Bordeaux Blend
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.
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.
Good deep ruby-red. Deep aromas of currant, raspberry, plum, tobacco, mocha and graphite. Sweet, lush and fat (the pH here is 4.02), with the rich, spicy red fruit flavors complicated by leather, mocha, licorice and cedar. The substantial tannins are smooth and harmonious and arrive late, allowing the subtle finishing flavors of cigar box, mocha and wild dry spices to expand in the mouth. This is 15.1% alcohol but boasts lovely physiological ripeness without any excess weight.
Shows gorgeous Cabernet purity, with a profound offering of ripe, fleshy currant, black cherry, blackberry, anise and mineral. Amazingly supple and harmonious, with tannins that are both gentle and tender and then just firm enough to let you know they're there. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2017.
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 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.
Cooler on the nose than the 2002 despite showing a near-roasted ripeness, with aromas of black raspberry, licorice, minerals and flowers. Thick, dense and superripe, with compelling sweetness and layers of dark fruit flavors. Wonderfully full and deep wine with extraordinary palate covering. The finish offers explosive persistence and the thoroughly ripe, sweet tannins reach the front teeth. This has really delivered on its early promise.
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The 2000 Les Pavots is quick to show its signature aromas of blueberry, coffee, sweet tobacco, vanilla and red cedar join a ripe currant extract. The tannins offer enough structure for aging while sustaining an enjoyable full body. This wine will mature for the next 5-10 years.
2808 cases 750ml, 720 cases magnums and 60 3.0l bottles produced.
Notes: Aged in Nevers oak barels