Tasting Notes Pavie 2007
Along with Lafite Rothschild, Ausone, and l’Eglise Clinet, Pavie is one of the wines of the vintage. An inky/purple color is accompanied by notes of creme de cassis, kirsch, graphite, and toast. A massive wine for the vintage, the 2007 Pavie is very full-bodied with extraordinary intensity, power, and richness. Its structure and tannin suggest 2-4 years of cellaring is required, and it should evolve for 25 years thereafter ,an unusually long aging curve for most 2007s. Yields were 25 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine is a classic blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The natural alcohol level came in at 14%.
Tasted blind at the Southwold 2007 tasting. This is more refined and composed on the nose compared to its peers: pure cassis, blueberry, a hint of wild mint and mocha. The palate is medium-bodied with a spice-tinged entry, tensile tannins, a nice bitter edge complementing the thick chewy fruit. It is quite powerful on the tannic finish, perhaps a more burly Pavie but with good grip and persistency. Therefore I think this is one of the few 2007’s that deserve time in the cellar. Tasted January 2011.