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2019 Pavie

By Chateau Pavie

2019 Pavie from Chateau Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

The venerable 2019 Pavie from the hallowed halls of Chateau Pavie is a testament to both an extraordinary terroir and a spectacular vintage in Saint-Émilion. The year was marked by climatic generosity, allowing the vines to reach their zenith of quality with measured enthusiasm—an excitement one can almost taste when savoring this exquisite Bordeaux.


An Auspicious Year for Investable Bordeaux

In the intricate tapestry of Bordeaux vintages, 2019 stands out for its precision and grace. So it goes with the 2019 Pavie, where each sip reveals a layer of complexity that entices both seasoned connoisseurs and astute wine investors. Balancing power and elegance, this wine epitomizes the skilled craftsmanship at Chateau Pavie, situated on the limestone-laden slopes of Saint-Émilion.


Frame and Focus: The Composition of 2019

The climatic rhythm of 2019 played like a well-orchestrated symphony in Saint-Émilion, granting the grapes an exquisite balance between ripeness and acidity—key players in crafting age-worthy wines. The composition of this particular vintage resulted in a robust plum character, draped over an undercurrent of graphite and violets. It connects strongly with its appellation's heritage while pronouncing its own individual merits.

With undulating tannins that promise a formidable future and the precise acidity that speaks of its poised upbringing under Chateau Pavie's discerning eye, this vintage possesses an aura reserved for only the most thoughtful wines. It's a luxurious sip, with an intricate lattice of dark fruits interwoven with threads of spice—a captivating narrative in each glass.

In summary, the 2019 Pavie bears the signature Bordeaux refinement with an added edge—a layered complexity branded by the year's serendipitous climate. As such, it should hold a place of honour among discerning collectors and investors attuned to exceptional opportunities within their cellared wealth.

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The 2019 Pavie is a blend of 50% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested from the 30th of September to the 11th of October. The yields this year were 35 hectoliters per hectare, and the alcohol came in at 14.73%, while the pH was 3.55 (remarkably low!). Very deep garnet-purple in color, the nose opens with a beguiling array of intertwined earth and black fruit scents: baked plums, black cherry preserves, tilled soil, black truffles, mossy tree bark and mulberries with nuances of allspice, clove oil, espresso and cedar chest. Full-bodied, densely packed and with a rock-solid structure, the constrained flavor layers are just waiting to explode; it's framed by firm, exquisitely ripe, rounded tannins and this vineyard's signature freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. Quaking with latent power and shimmering with a kaleidoscope of electric flavors, this could only be Pavie.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 10 June 2020

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