The 2012 Pavie celebrates its reclassification and upgrade to Class A St.-Emilion by sporting a new black label with gold print. Fortunately, every Pavie has benefitted since Perse began a complete makeover of this estate in 1998. From 47-year-old vines, the 2012 has an inky purple color, judicious toasty oak in the nose interwoven with copious blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, Christmas spices, as well as licorice and graphite. Full-bodied, rich and moderately tannic, it will require 5-7 years of bottle age but should drink well for 20-30 years. Kudos to Chantal and Gerard Perse for their extraordinary commitment to quality, which is so evident in this more challenging vintage than some of the great years like 2009 and 2010. Very low yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare were obtained from this 92-acre estate.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
The full-bodied, opaque purple-hued 2012 exhibits a beautiful nose of mulberries, black cherries, cedar wood, high quality toasty oak, lead pencil shavings, crushed chalk and floral notes. This complex, authoritative, full-throttle Pavie possesses much more accessibility and precociousness than most vintages. It is another brilliant effort from proprietors Chantal and Gerard Perse. It should be drinkable in 8-10 years and last for three decades.
From 47-year-old vines, Pavie, one of the largest estates in St.-Emilion (92 acres), has once again hit pay dirt with their 2012 Pavie. Yields were 28 hectoliters per hectare (which is slightly above the 26 hectoliters per hectare in 2010), and the harvest was exceptionally late. The tannins may be the sweetest of any young Pavie I have tasted since the 2001 (which the 2012 vaguely resembles).
|Score: 94/96+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013|
The Grand Vin is a blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 28hl/ha and harvested by hand. It is being matured in 80% new oak, 20% one year old. It has a more refined, focused, expressive bouquet compared directly with the Bellevue-Mondotte. It is a little broody compared to the 2011 but it is nicely composed. The palate is full-bodied with linear, supple tannins. It is a compact Pavie, not as generous and precocious as top vintages for sure, but showing impressive precision on the finish. My only complaint is that the persistency needs to be longer in the mouth. Tasted April 2013.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013|
This shows incredible depth and density for the vintage with dark berry, dark chocolate, spice and chalk character. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a long and powerful finish. Needs five or six years to soften. Try in 2020.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2015|
Lots of beautiful aromas of roses, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Full and chewy with beautiful firm tannins and that add to the long finish. Very intense. Very fine tannins. Very, very long. 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013|
Deepest inky purple crimson. Black core. Finely aromatic black fruit. But so concentrated that the aroma is suppressed for now. Tightly packed, dry, fine grained, no hardness even though there's obviously plenty of extraction. Deep, dark and impressive and takes no prisoners. Put it away for some time. Plenty of chewy tannins but they envelop good fruit. Not my style but there is a harmony within that power. There is a minerality but it is expressed more as graphite because of the intensity of the wine and fruit and in the nicely dry tannin texture. Fresh enough but the freshness too is hard to find in the concentration. (JH)
|Score: 17.5+||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013|
Bordeaux's most controversial wine. Over-priced, over-oaked, over-concentrated "jam juice" according to some and one of the world's greatest wines say others. Some British critics have criticised the Port-like aspects of some recent vintages but Robert Parker, James Suckling and Michel Bettane are big fans. Gérard Perse has created a modern winery in one of Saint Emilion's greatest terroirs and, with very low yields, is creating wines of enormous concentration and power. Completely different from the Pavies of old (but so is the price). Recent vintages (since 1998) have delivered wines that those looking for traditional Saint Emilion should avoid but those who are impressed by extraordinary levels of intensity are sure to be impressed by it. M. Perse has recently been rewarded with a string of high scores from Robert Parker and has now attained Premier Cru Classe 'A' status. The 37 hectare vineyard contains vines of an average age of 47 years. The yield was low in 2012 at 28 hl/ha. The blend is 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Super-concentrated with mouth filling blackcurrant fruit and firm tannic grip. A beast of a wine but not as over extracted as it has been. Full-bodied, powerful and sweet.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, March 2013|
The nose is closed and the fruits that show have a herbal character. There is a sweeter feel on the mid palate cassis and red cherry but under the fruit the tannins are very firm holding back the fruit and tending to dry the finish. 2017-26
|Score: 87/90||Derek Smedley MW, May 2013|
|Score: 90||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013|