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Date Printed: 11/27/2014
Chateau Pavie  2003
Chateau Pavie 2003
(search item no. 86430)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $319.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine will long be remembered because there was a controversy surrounding its degree of ripeness. The color is deep crimson, bordering on black. The nose reflects the hot summer, with a very concentrated bouquet of blackberry, juicy cherries, jam, and a touch of understated toasty aromas that take a back seat to the ripe fruit.

2003 Pavie is powerful and rich, with a very suave texture with a certain overripe quality that gives the impression of sweetness on the aftertaste. However, it is important to point out that great terroirs always do well during heat waves, which is borne out in the natural equilibrium of this wine. There is also lively acidity on the palate which gives added depth. The excellent, firm tannin beautifully underpins the concentration and richness of this incredible wine. The aftertaste is mouthwatering and impressively long. 2003 Pavie absolutely must be decanted ahead of time in order to unveil its many charms.

It would be a shame to open such a great bottle too soon, but you will be able to appreciate much of what it has to offer in 3-5 years, and its full ageing potential is at least 10-15 years.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Chateau Pavie:

  • 2008 (search item no. 103566)
  • 2008 (search item no. 103566)

About Chateau Pavie:

In the fourth century, Château Pavie's slope was planted. Parcel after parcel – Pigasse, les domaines de la Sable, Pimpinelle, Larcis – the bulk was built and consolidated under the Pavie name. This lies all in one piece on the slope of the hill southeast of the town of Saint-Emilion. The buildings and the vineyard at Pavie are at three levels on the side of the slope.

Since 1998, Chantal and Gérard Perse have owned this estate, which boasts the largest vineyard of all Premier Grand Cru Classés in Saint-Emilion. The old fermentation cellar has given way to twenty temperature-controlled wooden vats, and the quarries have been replaced by a modern aging cellar.