Chateau Pavie 2015
(Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France) - [JS 100] [JD 100] [WA 98] [WS 98] [WE 96] [VM 95]
Regular price $700.00 Sale price $439.97 Save $260.03
About the Winery:
Chateau Pavie has diverse terroirs:
- Terroir typical of the Saint-Emilion limestone plateau composed of clay-limestone soil on an asteriated limestone subsoil. Located at an altitude of approximately 85 meters above the Dordogne River.
- Terroir called "milieu de cote" (middle of the slope) located approximately 55 meters above the Dordogne and composed of very fine brown limestone.
Many plots have been re-planted. The vines are trained high to increase the leaf canopy. Pruned to six spurs for old vines and two for young ones, green harvesting leaf thinning, as well picking and sorting by hand.
The way Chateau Pavie is fermented depends on the vintage. It is kept on the skins for three weeks in 20 temperature-controlled wooden vats. Malolactic fermentation in barrel and the wine is aged, depending on the vintages in 70% to 100% new oak, for 18 - 32 months.
Ratings & Reviews
100 Points - James Suckling:
"An inspirational wine that shows the evolution of great new wines from St.-Emilion where they've gone from too much wood to perfect balance of fresh and dark fruits and mineral and terroir-driven character. Full-bodied and muscular but so balanced. Drink in 2025 but so wonderful now." (3/29/2018)
100 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Pure perfection in a glass and unquestionably one of the great vintages for this cuvee, the 2015 Pavie is a blend of 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up in 80% new French oak. Sharing some similarities with the 2009, this tour de force sports a saturated purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, crushed rocks, white truffle, and licorice. Its oak is perfectly integrated and balanced by this wine's massive fruit and structure. Full-bodied, deep, and superbly concentrated, with building tannins, it's a massive wine by any measure, but what sets it apart is that it still glides across the palate and retains an incredible sense of purity, balance, and elegance. It's drinking well today due to the vintage's opulence, yet won't hit prime time for another 5-10 years and I suspect will keep for upward of 50 years." (10/15/2018)
98 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"In 2015, the blend is 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the wine was matured 80% in new French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pavie is still sporting a bit of its oak to begin, giving way to a glorious nose of crushed black cherries, blackberries and mulberries plus hints of dried roses, stewed tea, unsmoked cigars and garrigue. The rich, concentrated, full-bodied palate delivers an incredible structure of very firm, very ripe tannins and a racy line of freshness cutting through the dense layers of perfumed black fruits and savory notions, finishing with epic length." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (2/21/2018)
98 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This starts off richly, featuring beautifully rendered layers of fig, boysenberry and plum pate de fruit flavors coursing through. The structure is refined and integrated, with a light chalky edge adding tension and vivacity while being absorbed by the fruit. The finish has pyrotechnics of anise, black tea and singed mesquite that are formidably long. Best from 2025 through 2045. 5,833 cases made." (3/31/2018)
96 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Although this wine is ripe, it is the fruit that sings. Firm and rich, the tannins support the wonderful fruitiness. Its perfumed Cabernets give the wine great presence as well as freshness. It is ready for long aging. Drink from 2027." - Roger Voss (4/1/2018)
96 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Deep and rich in both colour and taste, this is a monument to the fine wine triumvirate of tannins, fruit and acidity. It's extremely muscular, with layers of black fruits, graphite and pencil shavings, as well as a smoky, tarred edge and the telltale salinity on the finish that places you on the limestone plateau of St-Emilion. There's impressive fruit density and finely-worked tannins, although I found the 2016 Pavie to have better balance - the 2015 is rather one to admire in my eyes, not to love. It should go 30 years easily. 70% new oak." (12/2017)
95 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2015 Pavie has a high-toned, iodine-tinged bouquet with veins of blue fruit complementing the black cherry and boysenberry aromas. This is one of the more opulent, hedonistic 2015s. The glycerin-rich, medium-bodied palate offers succulent ripe tannin, a fine bead of acidity and a voluminous, heady finish. There is a touch of warmth from the alcohol. Though it is tempting in its youth, I would like to see how this will age in bottle. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting." - Neal Martin (7/2019)