Pavie Decesse 2000

SubregionSt Emilion

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Tasting Notes

Gerard Perse's 2000 Pavie Decesse, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from a vineyard situated above Pavie, on the steep limestone hillsides outside the walled town of St.-Emilion, is a fabulous effort (all the Perse wines are stunning in this vintage). Notes of camphor, creme de cassis, violets, black currants, cedar, and licorice jump from the glass of this inky/purple-hued offering. Monumental richness, sensational sweet tannin, a skyscraper-like mid-palate, and a 45+-second finish result in an extraordinary wine that is just reaching its plateau of full maturity. It should last for another 20-25 years.

Score: 96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010

Score: 96Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

In 2002, a big section of this vineyard will be incorporated into Pavie. The 2000 Pavie Decesse, made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc at yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare, enjoyed a five-week maceration and was aged in 100% new oak, with aging on its lees for the first six months. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered, as are all the Perse wines. This wine, for about one-half the price of Pavie, is well-worth checking out ... to state it mildly! A brilliant effort, the wine has an opaque bluish/purple color and a gorgeous nose of sweet blueberries, blackberries, charcoal, and mineral. The wine is full-bodied, rich, with striking purity, fabulous delineation, immense body and extract, and sweet but high levels of tannin in the finish, which goes on for nearly one minute. This is undoubtedly the greatest Pavie Decesse ever produced and a modern-day Bordeaux legend. At one-half the price of its sibling, Pavie, it should be obvious what readers should do! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.

Score: 96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

The finest ever wine made at this estate, the 2000 Pavie Decesse boasts a strikingly exotic, floral, and liquid mineral-scented bouquet with notes of sensationally ripe black cherry and cassis fruit. Although not as hedonistic as its sibling, Monbousquet, it is full-bodied, structured, powerful, and crammed with extract as well as tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.

Score: 94/96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002

Score: 93/96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

Score: 92/94James Suckling,, January 2003

Score: 16Farr Vintners, April 2001

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