Château Pavie

About Château Pavie

The single largest classified St-Émilion property also happens to be one of the very finest, putting paid somewhat to the (Burgundian?) notion that there is an inverse relationship between the size of vineyard and quality. 

 

The slope of Pavie’s 37 hectares under vine is just about as steep as any property in the whole of Bordeaux – dropping sharply from a lofty 85 meters down to 20 meters, with a mere 10% of their plantings on the level clay-limestone plateau. An enticing prospect for even the most vaguely vinous mind, and so it proved (with little doubt) to the Romans hundreds of years ago.  

 

The modern origins of this legendary producer can be traced to a rather unglamorous founding as part of a 50-hectare négociant planting which saw Pavie clustered together with its current neighbour Pavie-Decesse. Eventually, the very same 37 hectares which constitute the property as we know it was sold to the Valette family in 1943. 

 

Excellent wines were consistently produced throughout the family’s tenure, but a change in their fortunes saw ever-decreasing investment take its toll on their wines – the arrival and subsequent purchase of the beleaguered Pavie by Gérard Perse in 1998 was as welcome as it was necessary. 

 

An immensely driven and ambitious man, Perse’s investment and unrelenting vision to create a St-Émilion of unrivalled breadth and power culminated in the incredible 2012 promotion to its current classification, the highest possible in the appellation.  

 

The Winemaking and the wines

A late-ripening site by its very nature, the 60% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon are often picked at extraordinarily low yields and equally elevated ripeness. This is an unapologetically lush and expressive wine, driven by almost overwhelming black fruit intensity. As such, Pavie has a complicated relationship with critics and buyers alike, especially with those favouring the more restrained and classical expression of Bordeaux. What cannot be denied, however, is the sheer majestic quality of the winemaking and terroir.

 

There is a second wine called Pavie Les Arômes de Pavie. 

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Pavie 1949 (1x75cl)
HK$7,560.00
1949

Pavie 1949 (1x75cl)
As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 1x75cl 1 - HK$7,560.00
Pavie 1955 (1x75cl)
HK$5,105.00
1955

Pavie 1955 (1x75cl)
As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 1x75cl 1 - HK$5,105.00
Pavie 1977 (1x75cl)
HK$1,990.00
1977

Pavie 1977 (1x75cl)
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 1x75cl 1 - HK$1,990.00
Pavie 1978 (12x75cl)
HK$20,865.00
1978

Pavie 1978 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (78)

A loose, open-knit style of wine, the 1978 Pavie lacks concentration, structure, and firmness, but offers a sweet, ripe (possibly overripe) Merlot fruitiness, and one-dimensional charm. I also detected a vegetal quality to the bouquet. Anticipated maturity: Now. Last tasted, 4/82.
As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 78 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$20,865.00
Pavie 1981 (12x75cl)
HK$27,105.00
1981

Pavie 1981 (12x75cl)
As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 - HK$27,105.00
Pavie 1983 (1x600cl)
HK$16,325.00
1983

Pavie 1983 (1x600cl)

Wine Spectator (90)

Extremely well polished and fresh with plummy, toasted oak character. Medium-bodied with medium silky tannins and a long delicate finish. Drinkable now.--The Bordeaux 50. -JS
As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 1x600cl 1 90 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$16,325.00
Pavie 1988 (12x75cl)
HK$25,020.00
1988

Pavie 1988 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (86)

The backward 1988 Pavie is a structured, tannic wine, balanced nicely by elegant, ripe, tobacco and black cherry-scented fruit, good acidity, and a long, spicy, tannic finish. Anticipated maturity: 1995-2005.
As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 86 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$25,020.00
Pavie 1989 (12x75cl)
HK$29,260.00
1989

Pavie 1989 (12x75cl)

Wine Spectator (90)

A lovely, balanced Bordeaux, with elegant berry, coffee and fruit aromas and flavors and very silky tannins. Shows an extremely firm structure. Try after 1997.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 90 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$29,260.00
Pavie 1989 (6x150cl)
HK$34,965.00
1989

Pavie 1989 (6x150cl)

Wine Spectator (90)

A lovely, balanced Bordeaux, with elegant berry, coffee and fruit aromas and flavors and very silky tannins. Shows an extremely firm structure. Try after 1997.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 6x150cl 1 90 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$34,965.00
Pavie 1995 (6x75cl)
HK$11,245.00
1995

Pavie 1995 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (78)

Medium plum/ruby in color, with a distinctive peppery, leafy, spicy nose with vague hints of red cherry and currant fruit, this is a rigid, austere wine with an angular personality and severe tannin. There is some ripe fruit on the attack, but that is quickly dominated by the wine's structural components. This may turn out to be a pleasant wine, but my best guess is that it will dry out. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2010.
as per photos repack Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 78 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$11,245.00
Pavie 2000 (12x75cl)
HK$59,735.00
2000

Pavie 2000 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Just beginning to come around and strut its enormous potential, this wine at age 15 has been evolving like a glacier. The wine has an inky, opaque, plum/purple color and a stunningly rich nose of mulberries, bramble berries, blackberries, licorice and incense as well as touches of toast and graphite. Fabulously concentrated and full-bodied, with a multidimensional mouthfeel, this profound Pavie is in mid-adolescence. It should evolve and continue to drink well for at least another 30-40 years. This is clearly the first compelling effort made by the Perse family.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$59,735.00
Pavie 2001 (12x75cl)
HK$36,305.00
2001

Pavie 2001 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

A great showing for this wine in the mini-vertical, the 2001 Pavie has a slight lightening at the edge of its dark garnet/plum/purple color and a big, sweet kiss of cedar wood, incense, licorice, blackberry and lead pencil shavings. The wine is dense, very rich, multilayered and finishes with at least a 40- to 45-second aftertaste. This wine seems to be close to full maturity, but should hold there for easily another 15-20 years. It’s a sleeper of the vintage.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 96 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$36,305.00
Pavie 2002 (12x75cl)
HK$30,915.00
2002

Pavie 2002 (12x75cl)

Wine Spectator (92-94)

Superclean and focused, with lovely fruit and a medium body. Firm tannins and a racy finish. Great effort was made here, and the wine is harmonious and well-made. Just at 92 for me. Score range: 92-94
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 92-94 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$30,915.00
Pavie 2003 (12x75cl)
HK$31,720.00
2003

Pavie 2003 (12x75cl)

Wine Spectator (95-100)

Superripe and almost jammy. Very New World on the nose but impressive; Bordeaux-like on the palate. Berries, raspberries and strawberries. Hint of wood. Full-bodied, with ripe and round tannins and a long finish. Chewy. Got to like this. Score range: 95-100
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 95-100 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$31,720.00
Pavie 2004 (12x75cl)
HK$31,055.00
2004

Pavie 2004 (12x75cl)

Wine Spectator (95)

This is a beauty, with the singed apple wood and juniper notes fully melded with the core of lush raspberry and blackberry confiture flavors. The edges are rounded off but the spine still drives through. Ends with graphite and ganache accents and a mouthwatering hint.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 95 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$31,055.00
Pavie 2005 (12x75cl)
HK$48,130.00
2005

Pavie 2005 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Gérard Perse believes this is the greatest Pavie he’s made to date, although certainly I would argue that list includes the 2000, as well as the 2009 and 2010, among his superstars. This wine, which I had both in the 2005 horizontal report in the Wine Advocate, and at a mini-vertical with Perse at the restaurant Maison Boulud in Montreal, looks to be a 75- to 100-year wine. Dense, opaque purple to the rim, with a gorgeously promising nose of blackberries, cassis, graphite and cedar wood just beginning to emerge, it tastes more like a three-year-old than wine that is already a decade old. This beauty is intense and full-bodied, with magnificent concentration, a majestic mouthfeel and a total seamless integration of tannin, wood, alcohol, etc. Beautifully rich, full and multidimensional, this is a tour de force in winemaking and certainly one of the top dozen or so 2005 Bordeaux. Forget it for another 3-5 years and drink it over the following 50-100 years!
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$48,130.00
Pavie 2005 (6x75cl)
HK$26,365.00
2005

Pavie 2005 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Gérard Perse believes this is the greatest Pavie he’s made to date, although certainly I would argue that list includes the 2000, as well as the 2009 and 2010, among his superstars. This wine, which I had both in the 2005 horizontal report in the Wine Advocate, and at a mini-vertical with Perse at the restaurant Maison Boulud in Montreal, looks to be a 75- to 100-year wine. Dense, opaque purple to the rim, with a gorgeously promising nose of blackberries, cassis, graphite and cedar wood just beginning to emerge, it tastes more like a three-year-old than wine that is already a decade old. This beauty is intense and full-bodied, with magnificent concentration, a majestic mouthfeel and a total seamless integration of tannin, wood, alcohol, etc. Beautifully rich, full and multidimensional, this is a tour de force in winemaking and certainly one of the top dozen or so 2005 Bordeaux. Forget it for another 3-5 years and drink it over the following 50-100 years!
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$26,365.00
Pavie 2006 (12x75cl)
HK$28,960.00
2006

Pavie 2006 (12x75cl)

Wine Spectator (95-100)

Full-bodied yet balanced and silky. Solid and rich, but not aggressive. Long and beautiful, with pure fruit. Less muscular than typical Pavie, but seductive. A beauty. Score range: 95-100
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95-100 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$28,960.00
Pavie 2006 (2x75cl)
HK$4,575.00
2006

Pavie 2006 (2x75cl)

Wine Spectator (95-100)

Full-bodied yet balanced and silky. Solid and rich, but not aggressive. Long and beautiful, with pure fruit. Less muscular than typical Pavie, but seductive. A beauty. Score range: 95-100
As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 2x75cl 1 95-100 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$4,575.00
Pavie 2007 (12x75cl)
HK$29,765.00
2007

Pavie 2007 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (93)

Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Pavie has a very clear, almost refulgent color in the glass. The bouquet is well defined with plush crushed strawberry, raspberry, cedar and mint aromas on the nose, almost Margaux-like in style thanks to a floral tincture. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, cedar and graphite-tinged black fruit that gently grips the mouth. There is impressive structure here, a Pavie that seems to have firmed up in recent years. As I suggested in my previous note, this is one of the few Saint Emilion wines that merit cellaring. Tasted February 2017.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 93 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$29,765.00
Pavie 2008 (12x75cl)
HK$27,510.00
2008

Pavie 2008 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (95)

Lots of fruit and fruity and long with amazing truffles and earth and fruity with full and velvety tannins. Long, long finish. Balanced for the vintage, but very rich. Better in 2013.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 3 95 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$27,510.00
Pavie 2008 (6x150cl)
HK$29,240.00
2008

Pavie 2008 (6x150cl)

James Suckling (95)

Lots of fruit and fruity and long with amazing truffles and earth and fruity with full and velvety tannins. Long, long finish. Balanced for the vintage, but very rich. Better in 2013.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 6x150cl 1 95 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$29,240.00
Pavie 2008 (6x75cl)
HK$13,910.00
2008

Pavie 2008 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95)

Lots of fruit and fruity and long with amazing truffles and earth and fruity with full and velvety tannins. Long, long finish. Balanced for the vintage, but very rich. Better in 2013.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 95 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$13,910.00
Pavie 2009 (12x75cl)
HK$34,865.00
2009

Pavie 2009 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Deep garnet in color, the 2009 Pavie drifts effortlessly and profoundly from the glass with baked plums, spice cake, sandalwood, Black Forest cake and blueberry pie scents followed up with a fragrant undercurrent of potpourri, unsmoked cigars and bouquet garni. Full-bodied, rich and plush, this is pure seduction in the mouth, offering a taut yet velvety texture and oodles of freshness to frame the opulent fruit, finishing very long and mineral laced.
In Stock in France

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$34,865.00
Pavie 2009 (6x75cl)
HK$20,005.00
2009

Pavie 2009 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Deep garnet in color, the 2009 Pavie drifts effortlessly and profoundly from the glass with baked plums, spice cake, sandalwood, Black Forest cake and blueberry pie scents followed up with a fragrant undercurrent of potpourri, unsmoked cigars and bouquet garni. Full-bodied, rich and plush, this is pure seduction in the mouth, offering a taut yet velvety texture and oodles of freshness to frame the opulent fruit, finishing very long and mineral laced.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$20,005.00
Pavie 2010 (12x75cl)
HK$36,565.00
2010

Pavie 2010 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Pavie delivers tantalizing suggestions of candied violets, star anise and tapenade over a core of prunes, blueberry compote, Morello cherries and fruitcake with touches of underbrush and bouquet garni. Full-bodied, rich and exotically opulent, the palate has a rock-solid texture of velvety tannins and bold freshness supporting the generous palate of black and blue berry preserves, finishing long and fragrant.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$36,565.00
Pavie 2010 (6x75cl)
HK$20,685.00
2010

Pavie 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Pavie delivers tantalizing suggestions of candied violets, star anise and tapenade over a core of prunes, blueberry compote, Morello cherries and fruitcake with touches of underbrush and bouquet garni. Full-bodied, rich and exotically opulent, the palate has a rock-solid texture of velvety tannins and bold freshness supporting the generous palate of black and blue berry preserves, finishing long and fragrant.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$20,685.00
Pavie 2011 (12x75cl)
HK$26,215.00
2011

Pavie 2011 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95+)

The 2011 Pavie is composed of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (14.3% alcohol). It possesses a certain approachability, which is somewhat disarming for the big, robust, super-concentrated and ageworthy style Pavie has favored since 1998. The opaque purple-hued, full-bodied 2011 offers a sweet kiss of kirsch, blackberry, cassis and licorice, but no evidence of toasty oak despite the fact it is bottled about six months after most other premier grand cru classes in St.-Emilion. One of the most complete wines of the vintage, this superstar possesses gorgeous texture and opulence, and can be drunk in 3-4 years, or cellared for two decades.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95+ (WA) Read Review/Description HK$26,215.00
Pavie 2011 (6x75cl)
HK$15,175.00
2011

Pavie 2011 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95+)

The 2011 Pavie is composed of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (14.3% alcohol). It possesses a certain approachability, which is somewhat disarming for the big, robust, super-concentrated and ageworthy style Pavie has favored since 1998. The opaque purple-hued, full-bodied 2011 offers a sweet kiss of kirsch, blackberry, cassis and licorice, but no evidence of toasty oak despite the fact it is bottled about six months after most other premier grand cru classes in St.-Emilion. One of the most complete wines of the vintage, this superstar possesses gorgeous texture and opulence, and can be drunk in 3-4 years, or cellared for two decades.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 95+ (WA) Read Review/Description HK$15,175.00
Pavie 2012 (1x150cl)
HK$4,800.00
2012

Pavie 2012 (1x150cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

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.
As per photos 1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 1x150cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$4,800.00

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