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Château Pavie Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

2005 / 750 ml.

RP98+SP100ST96WS91

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Where it's produced

Country:
France
Region:
Bordeaux

What's in the Bottle

70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Product Details

Type:
Red Wine
Brand:
Chateau Pavie
Size:
750 ml.
Vintage:
2005
Item #:
26631
Case:
12 bottles
UPC:
616773385956
Status:
New

Chateau Pavie Saint-Emilion Grand Cru  2005 / 750 ml.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • VN Vinous
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • OT Other Review Service
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

100
100 pts.: 30th Jun 2015

The 2005 Pavie is an absolutely amazing wine that has shed most of its oak aging (usually 24–28 months). Opaque purple in color, it is beyond belief in extract and concentration, but perfectly balanced and pure, with the oak well-integrated. Massively concentrated, and still a baby, this wine tastes more like it’s two to three years old than one that’s been around for a decade. Intense notes of grilled meats, spice box, cassis, black cherry, licorice and graphite arepresent in abundance. Enormously endowed, but with superlative purity and balance, this is the greatest Pavie in the early Perse era, starting in 1998. Only the 2009 and 2010 rival this in his opinion, but I would add the 2000. This killer effort should drink well for another 50 years and demonstrates the greatness of this terroir owned by the Perse family. Only 7,000 cases were produced from a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Bravo!

100
100 pts.: Jun 30, 2008

I love the purity of fruit in this wine, with perfectly ripe blackberry, blueberry and raspberry on the nose. Complex and full-bodied, with hints of new oak and wonderfully polished tannins that caress the palate. Long, long finish. This is not the blockbuster it was from barrel, but rather a complete, balanced and gorgeous red. Best after 2015.

98
98+ pts.: 1st Apr 2008

Now that the 2005 Pavie is in the bottle, I would place it, qualitatively, a notch below the prodigious 2000, and a few notches above the blockbuster 2003. There are 7,000 cases of this 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Disregarding the blatant jealousy of his success as well as his “outsider” status, proprietor Gerard Perse has pushed the envelope of quality, fashioning first-growth quality wines from one of Bordeaux’s finest terroirs. In St.-Emilion, only Ausone can be considered to have greater potential in terms of micro-climate and terroir. Pavie’s 2005 exhibits a thick-looking purple color to the rim as well as an exquisite perfume of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, unsmoked cigar tobacco, crushed rocks, damp earth, and hints of truffles and incense. The vineyard’s limestone soils have provided massive concentration, a laser-like precision, fresh, zesty acidity, and massive tannin. Despite the wine’s enormous concentration and intensity, there is a lightness to its style. As Perse has made clear, he is trying to produce modern day versions of such great vintages as 1921, 1929, 1945, and 1947, wines that lasted 50 or more years. I do not understand why Perse receives so much criticism. In the blind tastings of each new vintage conducted by the Grand Jury European, Pavie usually wins against 100 or so other great Bordeaux. As they say, the truth is irrefutable — this is one of the world’s most outstanding wines, and the 2005 Pavie should take its place among the greatest achievements of Bordeaux in the last 50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2020–2060.

96
96 pts.: May/Jun 2008

Saturated, deep ruby-red. Knockout nose combines blackberry, minerals, crushed rock, truffle, vanillin oak and flowers; showing none of the porty quality of the sample I tried last year. A hugely concentrated essence of wine, offering an incredible combination of sweetness, vibrancy and precision of fruit, thanks to strong acidity and powerful underlying minerality. The chewy tannins are totally buffered by the wine’s material on the explosive back end. This wine has it all! Compared to the Pavie-Decesse, which essentially comes from a single block of old vines on limestone, this wine has clearly benefited by being an assemblage of soil types, with fruit from the foot of the slope contributing texture and richness. The 2005 Pavie should easily last for three or four decades.

91
91 pts.: October 31, 2008

Sommeliers on our panel described this wine as “a bruiser” and compared its controversial St-Emilion style to Pahlmeyer from California. New oak retains a prominent role in the wine’s aromas after two days of air, while the cassis fruit has a confiture character, dark and candied. It’s a chocolate pleasure, simple and lush on the surface, with tension in the structure to keep it going for years. But some may side with Fiona Morrison, who noted at the en primeur tastings, “The world is full enough of wines like this; one of Bordeaux’s beautiful terroirs does not need to be sacrificed for the sake of modernism.

: July 1, 2009

Lush, chocolately nose with new oak, vanilla and cherry; invigorating and complex. Opulent, fleshy, dense but has spice and vigor. Hefty tannins that need time to knit. Overwhelming now, but not unbalanced, needs time. From 2015.