2004 Château Pavie

  • 94 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 55985-2004

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($118-$160) Good deep fresh ruby. Vibrant, complex aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice, espresso and minerals. Concentrated, spicy and fresh, with lovely clarity and lift to its penetrating dark fruit and mineral flavors. Densely packed and downright palate-staining for 2004 without any impression of heaviness. This has plenty of fat for the year and finishes impressively dense, with ripe, building tannins. Owner Gerard Perse notes that Pavie has the benefit of three different soil types, while Pavie-Decesse is a single block of old vines on calcaire Thus Pavie is always more complex, he adds, and the portion of younger vines at Pavie brings a fruity quality that's sometimes missing in Pavie-Decesse.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    [For obvious (to many of you) reasons, I am falling over myself to see the good points in this year's Pavie - but am sad that I was robbed of the chance of tasting it blind with its peers, as I was able to with the infamous 2003, because the proprietor G‚rard Perse has decided this year not to show his wines in the UGC tasting (see Visiting Ch Pavie).] Very dark purple with a certain rich smokiness on the nose. Quite a spread of inky fruit across the palate (less rasping than Pavie Decesse) but then those tannins start to insist. The evolution of this wine is going to be a tricky balancing act between the very marked, dry tannins and that slightly fragile fruit quality. At the moment the wine is extremely severe, as though the fruit has been sucked out of the middle. It is certainly fresher than the 2003, without any porty hints, but if Pavie 2003 is like an exaggerated version of the characteristics of the 2003 vintage, this is certainly its 2004 counterpart.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    A real sleeper effort from the Perse family, the 2004 Pavie has a dense, bluish purple color and a wonderful, sweet kiss of blackberry, licorice, spice box and roasted herbs. The wine is rich, deep, full-bodied and absolutely remarkable for the vintage. This is certainly a candidate for one of the wines of the year and seems still relatively youthful and promising. Drink it over the next 20 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Black in color, inky, with treacle tart, tar and intense berry on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy yet caressing tannins and lots of ripe, almost raisiny fruit character. Mouthpuckering. Needs time. 7,500 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Toby Thomas
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Walker Wine Ranch
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Ambitious, as always, w/ a waterfall of scents including BBQ spice, smoked game and cherry cordial liqueur brought immediate attraction to the wine. The palate is currently in a tight focus and very reserved, but copious amounts of sweet leather, fig and tobacco flavors can be discerned. The one hang-up is that the wine is currently showing its heat, most likely due to the palate not being as expressive as it eventually will be. Because of the track record Pavie has for showing irregularly post bottling, I am willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that the heat will dissipate and it will be a classic quality wine. I actually prefer to current potential of the 2004 to the 2003. Drink 2012-2030.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Cool; extremely deep cassis extract - this is very intense and seems like it will need a lot of age. The extreme density feels almost specious. There is also a funky reductive note, some terracotta, and strange incense. This note was made blind.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2035
    Author: dwilson
  • Self | Rating: 95

    It has a beatiful aroma and long finish. Could be consumed now or benefit from another 10 years of a controlled cellaring. The wine is a |victim| of its 2005 vintage that overshadows a real value but still scoring 95.
    Drink Dates: 2010
    Author: TopLabels
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Just yesterday I had a chance to enjoy a bottle with a few friends smoking cigars in the local den. I had the bottle opened for 1 hour before consuming it. Well, the wine is actually ready and quite matured to enjoy it at this age! This is not a blockbuster wine but has a deep but linear aroma and an immediate sense |what we call Bordeaux nose|. It's smooth and tannin is fully integrated but i's not a multi-layered but rather a drinking table wine that has the best I have encountered alcohol level. Meaning, it's high but just at the right level giving a such crystal clear buzz! The finish is short but intense. It was probably a mistake to have it with cigars instead of a heavy meal! All my friends have given a high mark. At $100 this could be a best table wine of a top Bordeaux finesse that allows to pair it with a variety of spicy foods. I have had a full case of this 2004 but sold a half being forced to open up an original wooden case (my heart was bleeding). I think I will keep the rest for a such price to enjoy rather with food over the next few years that will make it only better.
    Drink Dates: 2011
    Author: DoThinking
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Very intense, dark purple color. The nose started developing after around three hours of decanting with vibrant dark berries, cherry and plum mixed with some smokiness, spices and roasted coffee. On the palate it was a pleasant interplay of all the aromas and in addition developed a nice chocolate taste as well. The finish was not a spectacular burst but rather a long lingering experience. This wine will be great for at least 20 years.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2030
    Author: StefanBoedeker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Verygood and not decanted for more than 30 mins. No hard edges.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2024
    Author: Arnie
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2434 bottles owned
  • 276 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 276 collectors)