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Chateau Pavie (Futures Pre-Sale) 2009

Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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RP 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Bottled the week before I arrived, the 2009 Pavie appears to have barely budged since I tasted it two years ago. Many experts consider this phenomenal terroir to be nearly as great as that of Ausone. Made from a classic blend of 60-70% Merlot, 20-25% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, this inky/blue/purple-colored blockbuster reveals wonderful notes of blackberries, crushed rocks, roasted meats, spring flowers, cedar, blueberries, graphite and a hint of vanillin. With extravagant fruit and high extract as well as a hint of minerality, this structured, massively intense effort is typical of all the luxurious, perfect or nearly perfect Pavies produced under the Perse regime (which began in 1998). While built for 40-50 years of cellaring, the softness of the vintage and its flamboyant style is slightly less apparent in the 2009 Pavie than in some of the other Perse wines. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050+.
WS 98
Wine Spectator
This is massively rendered, with powerful notes of dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit intertwined with ganache, maduro tobacco and tar. Yet the overall impression is both polished and driven, with a buried graphite edge and lingering spice notes that hint at the reward for extended cellaring. It’s amazing to see the results when ambition and execution are equal. Best from 2020 through 2040.
JS 97
James Suckling
Licorice and dark fruit with raspberry and blueberries, mineral and flowers on the nose. Very pure. Full and very rich with a muscular and powerful structure. Like a baby still.
Barrel Sample: 96-97 Points
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
With its superripe, jammy fruit, this is luch and opulent. It does have fine structure as well as bitter chocolate and dark tannins. A hugely powerful wine.
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Chateau Pavie, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
2009 (Futures Pre-Sale)
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.

WJDPAV750_2009 Item# 103567