The 2014 Pavie is silky, powerful and intense, with all of its elements in the right place. In 2014, Pavie is exceptionally polished, with plenty of richness but less of the bombastic style of some years past. Part of that is, of course, the personality of the vintage, but at the same time, there has been a move toward a bit more finesse here in recent years. A rush of raspberry jam, pomegranate, mint and white flowers leads into the vivid, richly textured finish. The 2014 is a gorgeous Pavie loaded with personality.
|Score: 96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017|
The 2014 Pavie is clearly the star of Gérard Perse's portfolio this year. The aromatics are the most complex and absorbing, a mixture of red and black fruit, graphite and black truffle, a faint marine influence emerging as it unfolds in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied and demonstrates less substance and glossiness than the Bellevue-Mondotte. In fact, if you had this blind you might describe it as a more "classic" Saint Emilion, underpinned by quite firm tannin that provide this with impressive backbone. There is a toughness to this Pavie, but it retains balance. It has its sights set on longevity and for that we will have to wait, but it will be worth it. Drink Date 2024-2050
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017|
The Château Pavie 2014 is a blend of 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 3 and 10 October, a lower percentage of Merlot as the vineyard moves towards more Cabernet in the blend. Matured in 80% new oak and 20% one-year old, it has an opulent and delineated bouquet that is heads above the Bellevue-Mondotte. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, the Cabernet in sync with the Merlot, silky smooth in the mouth with a plush but not cloying finish. The mineralité shows through nicely, partly because of that higher percentage of Cabernet. This is a different style of Pavie compared to previous vintages and the team were clear in their emphasis on more Cabernet and less oak. The result is a Pavie that really exploits its propitious terroir and a wine that even compared to Gérard Perse's other 2014s, demonstrates more complex, more class and classicism. This is one of the standout wines in Saint Emilion. Drink: 2020 - 2045
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (218), April 2015|
Incredible blueberries, violets, fresh wild mushrooms and sandalwood. Dried tannins. Full-bodied, yet tight and refined with a beautiful center palate of fruit and chalk character. Love the pinpointed palate. Excellent acidity. Gorgeous now but wait at least five years.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017|
A firm and juicy wine with very pretty dark fruit, mineral and floral character. Full body, round tannins and a fresh finish.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2015|
This gushes with boysenberry, açai berry and blackberry confiture notes, but they are quickly harnessed by fine chalky minerality that stays well-buried throughout, imparting mouthwatering cut despite the copious fruit. Features lavish spice and licorice, and the fruit and minerality is there. If you've got it, flaunt it. Best from 2026 through 2040. 6,665 cases made.
|Score: 96||James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), WineSpectator.com, February 2017|
|Score: 90||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015|
|Score: 94||Decanter Magazine, April 2015|
Gérard Perse has created a magnificent modern winery of marble, stainless steel and oak barrels in one of Saint Emilion's greatest terroirs and, with very low yields, is creating wines of enormous concentration and power. Pavie has, since 1998, 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. One wonders how the retirement of Pavie's biggest fan from en primeur tasting will impact on demand?
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