2003 Pavie 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion | Premier Grand Cru Classe A/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WA 99   WS 96   IWC 92(+?)   Collector 89
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

At its release, the 2003 Pavie was somewhat controversial in wine tasting circles, but eleven years later it is obviously a great classic. Its deep purple color is accompanied by notes of vanillin, lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, plums, black currants and kirsch. Full-bodied, youthful and rich with terrific purity and texture as well as a striking opulence, its 40+-second finish, stunning purity and wonderful perfume suggest it can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 214

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

Dark purple. Shows intense aromas of raisin, coffee and treacle tart. Very, very ripe. Full-bodied, superrich and velvety. This is so layered and powerful. Blockbuster. 7,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($150-$175) Impressive full medium ruby color. Quite locked up on the nose following the February bottling; hinted at currant, smoked meat and roasted nuts as it opened in the glass. Extremely powerful but a bit chunky today, conveying an impression of extraordinary solidity. One senses but does not taste the minerals and primary berry fruit. But this painfully closed wine already offers uncanny sweetness. The major mouthful of tannins calls for at least six to eight years of cellaring. A classic extreme 2003 that is currently in a sullen stage. This is sure to controversial-at least until it begins to recover from the bottling. My score may prove to be conservative, but today it's the dried fruit character that dominates.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: McCollisterEstate
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 06/20/2015
Drink Dates: 2015-2023
Site Blog: McCollister Estate Vineyard Ready to drink.

Rating:
Author: Richard P
Trust Rating: 67
Tasted On: 01/23/2010
Drink Dates: 2009

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Rating:
Author: raphaelmatias
Trust Rating: 76
Tasted On: 11/22/2011
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Rating: 99
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/16/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2040

Rating: 95
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 01/03/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2025
Site Blog: mac_h

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Average rating: 87, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

8738 bottles owned by 1185 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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