Glass-staining ruby. Powerful aromas of red- and blackcurrant, with deeper cherry compote, tobacco and candied licorice emerging with air. Very ric... Read more
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. ... Read more
Peter Michaelrsquo;s Bordeaux program is built around their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, Les Pavots. The 2008 Les Pavots, a blend of 67%... Read more
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Glass-staining ruby. Powerful aromas of red- and blackcurrant, with deeper cherry compote, tobacco and candied licorice emerging with air. Very rich but surprisingly graceful, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors, velvety texture and a suave floral pastille quality. Tightens up on the finish, which repeats the redcurrant and licorice notes and simply refuses to let up. This winersquo;s depth and linear character are something else. There is more cabernet sauvignon in this Pavots than in any previous bottling, according to Nickrsquo;s brother Luc, who still consults here.
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 2ndash;3 years of bottle age and should drink well for 15+ years.
Peter Michaelrsquo;s Bordeaux program is built around their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, Les Pavots. The 2008 Les Pavots, a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot, offers up notes of roasted coffee, cocoa, chocolate fudge, black currants, licorice and a hint of truffles. This full-bodied, beautifully rich red boasts an opulent texture, impressive purity and a long finish. Impressively made with impeccable attention to detail (it is sorted berry by berry rather than grape bunch by grape bunch), this 3,500-case cuvee should drink well for two decades or more. Quality-wise, the 2008 is just a notch behind the stratospheric 2007.
The best Cabernet-based wine in California right now might not be from Napa Valley, but from Sonoma. The 23-acre hillside Les Pavots vineyard, in Knights Valley, grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, all blended in this wine. Helen Turley, Mark Aubert and Luc Morlet have all been involved in the winemaking here, and now Lucrsquo;s brother Nicolas is at the helm, building upon the blueprint of this vineyardrsquo;s strength for making well-structured wines with pure fruit flavors.
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. Itrsquo;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.
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 cuveacute;e, 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.
The 2006 Les Pavots (a 2,730-case blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) exhibits big notes of chocolate fudge intermixed with dark berry fruit, forest floor, underbrush, and some smoky oak. The wine is full-bodied, with remarkable intensity, low acidity, and a fleshy, opulent mouthfeel. This wine should drink well for 15ndash;20+ years.
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