1998 Pavie 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion | Premier Grand Cru Classe B/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1998 Pavie
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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

Ruby-red. Sappy, liqueur-like aromas of cherry, raspberry coulis, roast coffee and exotic wood spices. Wonderfully sweet and mouthfilling, but with harmonious acidity giving shape and clarity to the flavors. Finishes quite long, with fine tannins. Not at all overextracted; in fact, here the tannins seem a bit sweeter than those of the '99. Still unfolding; this may ultimately surpass the '99.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Jancis Robinson | 18

Still blackish hints in the crimson. Sweet spicy notes on the nose. Quite complex and intriguing without being exaggerated. Lovely balance and follow through. Long and neat. This wine is really rewarding. Just slightly dry on the finish. Hint of orange peel.

Drink Dates: 2008-2018
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 95

A 50-year wine, this opaque purple-colored offering exhibits a strong, precise nose of black fruits, liquid minerals, smoke, and graphite. Extremely full-bodied, yet brilliantly delineated, powerful, and awesomely concentrated, it boasts a fabulous mid-palate as well as a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. This vin de garde requires 5-6 years of cellaring. A tour de force in winemaking, it has the potential to be the most profound Pavie ever produced, except for its two successors.

Drink Dates: 2006-2045
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 134

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Wine Spectator | 88

A bit lean for the vintage but very good. Lots of tar, berry, tobacco and violet. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a smoky, fruity aftertaste. 6,665 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 93
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/04/2013

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Score: 97
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/09/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2035
This is a 50 year wine. Drink now or save for 25 years. Outstanding full bodied and powerful with a beautiful finish that lasts and lasts. Must decantear for 3-4 hours. This most profound Pavie I have ever tasted alough I am looking forward to trying the amazing 1999 Pavie.

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Score: 95
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/22/2009
Score: 99
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 14
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

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Score: 92
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/20/2003
Drink Dates: 2003-2012
Raised in 100% new oak with malolactic fermentation occurring in barrel, the wine?s cepage is 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Darkly colored, the wine already shows a somewhat mature nose of mint, oak, sweet vanilla, and warm black cherry. On the palate, there is plenty of tannin and substantial but integrated acidity.
More Vintages and Sizes of Pavie:

2010 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)
1989 (750ml)

About This Producer


Chateau Pavie, the largest St.Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe (Class B), is located on an old peach orchard, known as pavies. Vines have been cultivated at Pavie since the 4th century, making it one of the two oldest estates in St. Emilion. The chateau produces about 15,000 cases per year made from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines have an average age of 45 years and grow on clay, limestone and sand soils. Chateau La Gaffeliere and Chateau Pavie-Decesse border Pavie's vineyards. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrel and then ages in new oak. The wine's style is elegant with good depth of fruit on the palate. In recent years, Pavie has become richer and more concentrated. Chateau Pavie also produces a Bordeaux AC rose called La Rosee de Pavie.

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