Tasting Notes Pavie 1999
The 1999 Pavie is a candidate for "wine of the vintage". It boasts an opaque ruby/purple color in addition to gorgeous aromas of crushed minerals, smoke, licorice, cherry liqueur, and black currants. The wine is exceptionally pure and multilayered, with stunning texture and overall balance. The tannin level suggests 3-4 years of cellaring is warranted; it should age gracefully for 25+ years. If readers are wondering why Pavie has become so much better under the administration of Chantal and Gerard Perse, keep in mind that yields are one-third of what they were under the previous owners.
Tasted at the Bristol Commanderie dinner. Poured from magnum, the Pavie '99 has a very similar bouquet to the bottle poured in London a few months earlier: macerated dark cherries, creme de cassis, liquorices and a touch of shell fish with fine delineation. The palate is rounded and sensual with no signs of over-ripeness and demonstrating good structure, particularly considering its age. It just misses a little cohesion towards the finish, the panache of the '00, but that is in keeping with what at the end of the day, was an average growing season. Tasted November 2010.