Colour: Youthful, dense purple color
Aroma: Seriously endowed with concentrated, rich fruit, licorice, graphite, forest floor, and loads of dark plum and black and red currant fruit.
Palate: A slightly more compact style of Pavie in this vintage, but still full-bodied, the 2008 still has some tannins to resolve, and should be cellared for another 4-5 years.
Grape Varieties: Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 20% and Cabernet Sauvignon 10%.
Awards: 94pts – Wine Spectator; 95pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
History of Chateau Pavie
Chateau Pavie dates back to Roman times, much like the other vineyards in Saint-Émilion. The name comes from the orchards of peaches (“pavies”) that used to stand there. The modern estate was assembled by Ferdinand Bouffard in the late 19th century by buying plots from several families. The plots were still managed separately, and the 9 hectares bought from the Pigasse family retained a separate identity as Château Pavie-Decesse.
Chateau Pavie’s large production has made it more easily available than many other red Bordeaux. It is one of the best-known St. Emilions, vinified in a slightly lighter, more elegant style. With moderate red currant fruit in the nose, plus earth and spice, it can be peppery, spicy, or even leafy with hints of red cherries. Like other wineries in the côtes of St. Emilion, Chateau Pavie makes firm wines that are restrained and austere when young. The occasionally severe tannins mature with age into a fine sinewy structure. The better vintages are deep, intense, and concentrated. They mature 7-20 years after the vintage.