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Pavie Decesse 2015

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > St Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Pavie Decesse was one of my favorite wines during en primeur, and it remains the case now that it is in bottle. It has a gloriously hedonistic bouquet that maybe is not my preference, but you cannot deny the purity here, and there is no sense of sur maturité or any stewed prune-like aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with sensual ripe tannin, saturated in style with a fine line of acidity and a sense of composure and freshness on the finish that begs you back for another sip. Superb. Anticipated maturity: 2023 - 2045.

Neal Martin, March 2018

Plums, berries, flowers, wet earth and rose petals. Full-bodied, deep and rich, especially on the center palate. Super silky tannins. Great length and texture. Goes on for minutes. Try in 2023.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018

Located at the top of the plateau inside of Pavie and planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Pavie Decesse is a vintage blend that reflects the vineyard plantings precisely, and it has been aged in 100% new French oak barrels. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it kicks off with exuberant crushed black currants, blackberries and black forest cake notes with hints of potpourri, Indian spices, mossy bark and Sichuan pepper. The full-bodied palate reveals wonderful energy and intensity, supported by firm, grainy tannins and impressive tension, which takes the electric fruit to a very long finish. 2021 - 2041

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

Very deep, glowing crimson. Juicy and succulent. Just enough fruit to overwhelm the considerable tannins. Good freshness. No water stress on the limestone plateau apparently. Should soften. Impressive! Bonsai stuff.
Drink 2025-2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

Not yet bottled, the 2015 Château Pavie Decesse comes from a tiny 3.5-hectare parcel and is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought up in 90% new oak. It will be bottled at the same time as Château Pavie. Offering an inky, glass staining color and a huge nose of cassis, toasted spice, violets and spring flowers, it’s another massively concentrated, opulent, yet weightless, elegant wine from Gérard Perse. As with the Pavie release, it’s the purity of fruit, intensity, and balance that sets this beauty apart. Bravo!

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

The nose has a bramble and cassis mix the start of the palate is bright. There is mid sweetness a mid richness but the tannins take over the back palate is tight and it finishes with dusty dryness. 2022-31

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

With a fruity nose (thank goodness) and the trademark hugely oaky palate this is a massive wine but at least it is liquid
and therefore has some momentum. The nose is rather lovely, if you can isolate the fruit from the oak, because it has
some wild cherry and plum notes which, if they can survive the journey, might end up looking very pretty indeed.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016
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The 2015 Pavie-Decesse is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc matured entirely in new oak. The nose is backward at first and needed much encouragement in the glass, eventually revealing black cherries, crème de cassis, blood orange and almost honeyed aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannin, a modest level of acidity, fine grained with a spicy finish that lingers with a peppery aftertaste. It is an assertive Pavie-Decesse, particularly at the end where it cannot compete with the 2015 Pavie in terms of clarity, but the components will come together with 4-5 years in bottle. Drink 2022-2045

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

This shows a power and finesse at the same time with silky and refined tannins and a pretty finish. Such precision and length. Gorgeous, racy.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016
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