This is another new chateau for us. Dark color, medium to full-bodied, with sweet, but firm, tannins. Hints of mocha, nice ripeness. Long finish.
Château Pavie has diverse terroirs. Terroir typical of the Saint Emilion limestone plateau composed of clay-limestone soil on an asteriated limestone subsoil. Located at an altitude of approximately 85 metres above the Dordogne River - Terroir called ?milieu de côte? (middle of the slope) located approximately 55 metres above the Dordogne and composed of very fine brown limestone.
Youthful nose offers scents of blackberry, blueberry, minerals, violet and Provençal herbs. Plush on entry, then sweet but firm in the middle, with plenty of energy to give shape to the supple, cascading fruit notes of currant, blackberry, iron and flint. Finishes with silky, fine-grained tannins. The grape varieties are 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, grown on a compact 4 acre vineyard, with an average age of vines of about 35 years. Total production is less than 3,000 cases.
Also declared a "sleeper of the vintage" by Robert Parker, this delectably mouth-filling wine offers blackberry and currant fruit well-seasoned with mocha and cocoa notes. Muscular tannins are grippy but well-integrated with the fruit, and the freshness of the tannins promises excellent aging ability. Best from 2014 through 2022, but drinking quite well now with 30-45 minutes in the decanter. A super value in a fine Bordeaux. — Ben Giliberti