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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Chateau Pavie Decesse  2005
Chateau Pavie Decesse 2005
(search item no. 95282)
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Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $299.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine's color is a very deep and intense violet which is normal for this vintage. There is a well-developed and complex aromatic palette of chocolate, cacao, and black currant that is typical in wines touched by the sun, joined by an attractive spiciness. Supporting all this is a balanced woody character which is elegant and striking. The wine is somewhat paradoxical: it has an aromatic style reminiscent of those from the south of France; but the palate is surprisingly different, with still-developing, tight tannins, and the particularly dense and elegant body characteristic of a mature Bordeaux harvest. The long finish shows very good balance. This is a wine for long keeping which will develop fully only after five to 12 more years. Winter foods like tasty game dishes will perfectly accompany this wine at table.
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About Chateau Pavie Decesse:

Chateau Pavie Decesse belongs to Gerard Perse, a man whose dogmatic pursuit of "modern style" Bordeaux wine, borrowing techniques advocated by the garagiste estates but on a larger scale, having entered the region in 1993 when he acquired Château Monbousquet. Although Château Pavie remains his flagship estate, Chateau Pavie Decesse was actually purchased one year earlier in 1997, in some ways a stepping-stone towards his consequent acquisition. Although in some ways Pavie Decesse is overshadowed by the more illustrious Château Pavie, this is a wonderful estate and many prefer it to Perse's jewel in the crown.

Pavie Decesse is a much smaller vineyard than its grander sibling Château Pavie with just 9.1 hectares of vines perched further up on the crest of the slope on a chalky/limestone soil. Unlike Pavie, the wine is more of a Monocepage with 90% of the vines being Merlot, the remaining 10% Cabernet Franc. The vines are a respectable 43 years old on average. A similar draconian level of green harvesting is practice at Pavie Decesse as at Pavie, with vines pruned down to six buds. The grapes are picked by hand, sorted and then fermented in nine temperature-controlled wooden vats for three weeks. Approximately 2,000 cases are produced per annum with no second label.