Black in the glass with extract. The nose is hot and bitter, with notes of paint thinner, liquorice and tar. The palate is much the same, with heavily extracted tannins bringing a bitterness to the excessively sweet fruit. What remains is very disjointed, drying and hot in alcohol. This feels extremely forced, and remains a wine that does not suit our palate at Farr Vintners.
|Score: 13.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
Grapes for this wine come from the plateau and were harvested October 3 with yields of 32 hectoliters per hectare. Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc with a pH of 3.57 and 14.52% alcohol, the 2018 Pavie Decesse is deep purple-black in color and strides confidently out of the glass with a very serious nose of crushed blackberries, warm black plums, mulberries and cassis plus touches of camphor, lavender, black olives and crushed rocks with a waft of woodsmoke. Full-bodied and laden with taut, muscular black fruit and loads of mineral accents, it has a firm structure of super ripe, finely grained tannins and amazing freshness, finishing very long and very layered.
|Score: 96/98||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
Powerful young red with blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, very strong and concentrated with great length and minerality at the end. Finesse with power.
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Pavie-Decesse is laced with the essence of blackberry jam, grilled herbs, spice, leather and tobacco, all of which add to an impression of brooding power. This massively tannic, backward Saint-Émilion is going to require patience, but there is certainly plenty to look forward to. In 2018, Pavie-Decesse impresses with its vertical intensity and pure power.
|Score: 92/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
Black core, almost no rim. Intense, pure cassis nose and a touch of spice – gingerbread? Extremely tannic and all tied up in the tannins. So extracted but surprisingly fresh, just too dry from those tannins; in fact, I think the acidity (pH is 3.57) may be hardening the tannins. I really am not sure about this, perhaps in 10 years?
|Score: 16||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
All from the upper plateau and incredible limestone soils, the 2018 Château Pavie Decesse is a crazy good wine that's going to flirt with perfection. Black raspberries, cassis, crushed stone, exotic flowers, and an incredible salinity all give way to a full-bodied, concentrated yet elegant wine that just glides over the palate. Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, it’s going to require 4-6 years of bottle age, but it’s one of the great wines of the vintage.
|Score: 97/100||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
Well-endowed, with creamed boysenberry, fig and loganberry flavors, this is a step ahead of the pack. As lush as the fruit is, this shows admirable grip and some flashy spice and toast notes filling in throughout. A head-turner in the making.
|Score: 95/98||James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, March 2019|
(90 Merlot, 10 Cabernet Franc) | 100% new oak | 14.52% alc | 32 hl/ha There are crazy levels of oak and tannin here, as always, and yet the fruit is also very odd and slightly mouldy and blunt. There is nothing to recommend in this wine.
|Score: 14.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|