Tasting Notes Pavie 2000
I tasted this wine twice during the 2000 horizontals, then I actually popped the cork and drank a half-bottle of it. This wine remains, for me, one of the compelling success stories for proprietor Gerard Perse. An extraordinary effort made from a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from the limestone soils that dominate this very distinctive terroir, the 2000 Pavie has moved out of the closed, dormant, broodingly backward stage into an adolescent period where one can see its extraordinary vibrancy, and great complexity as well as potential. It boasts an unctuous display of rich, cedar box-infused cassis fruit and liquid minerality. The tannins have sweetened, yet the wine has thirty years of longevity and potential evolution. A beautiful wine of great mass as well as elegance, it is good to see the extraordinary efforts that Gerard Perse and his team have made confirmed in this prodigious wine. A legend now ... a legend for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2060.
Tasted at a private dinner in Zurich. I stand accused of having a classic palate, whatever that may mean, but you must doff you cap to the gorgeous Pavie 2000. It remains primal and intense on the nose, putting pay to the notion that Gerard Perse’s wines will mature quickly. It offers plush black cherries, hints of coconut, kirsch and blueberry that are all beautifully defined and perfectly in synch with the oak. The palate offers a sweet core of spherical cassis and blueberry fruit, well judged acidity and a controlled precocious finish that could seduce even its most vociferous cynic. It certainly has many year ahead – a Saint Emilion just beginning to spread its wings. Tasted March 2013.