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96 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): ...Mocha, espresso, spices, plums and blackberries are just some of the ma...Read more...
The most elegant wine ever! Read more
Great example of what age can do for rim variation, color, and leather and must on the nose Read more
Glass-staining ruby. Powerful aromas of red- and blackcurrant, with deeper cherry compote, tobacco and candied licorice emerging with air. Very ric... 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.
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 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.
A well-ripened, opulent wine; itrsquo;s huge in blackcurrant and cassis flavors and elaborate oak. You can taste the barrels in the smoke, vanilla and spicy flavors. Acidity hanrsquo;t been integrated yet, nor have the dusty tannins. Itrsquo;s really good now, but is best left to soften and integrate through 2008.
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.
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.
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 theyrsquo;re there. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2017.
96 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): ...Mocha, espresso, spices, plums and blackberries are just some of the many notes that jump from the glass in this seamless, striking wine. The 2009 boasts exceptional textural finesse and tremendous class... The 2009 is firing on all cylinders. All of the vineyards in Les Pavots are now over 20 years old. In 2009 the blend is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc (one of the highest percentages ever), 10% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot... 2016-2017. (Feb 2012)
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