Tasting Notes Pavie 2009
Bottled the week before I arrived, the 2009 Pavie appears to have barely budged since I tasted it two years ago. Many experts consider this phenomenal terroir to be nearly as great as that of Ausone. Made from a classic blend of 60-70% Merlot, 20-25% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, this inky/blue/purple-colored blockbuster reveals wonderful notes of blackberries, crushed rocks, roasted meats, spring flowers, cedar, blueberries, graphite and a hint of vanillin. With extravagant fruit and high extract as well as a hint of minerality, this structured, massively intense effort is typical of all the luxurious, perfect or nearly perfect Pavies produced under the Perse regime (which began in 1998). While built for 40-50 years of cellaring, the softness of the vintage and its flamboyant style is slightly less apparent in the 2009 Pavie than in some of the other Perse wines. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050+.
This is a powerful wine with mineral and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with firm tannins yet they are very polished and beautiful. It goes on for minutes. It is so layered and deep. It needs at least 10 years before opening. It is a dense and deep wine.
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Pavie ‘09 has a lovely ripe bouquet with blackberry and dark plum fruit. It exudes restraint and class. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, a lovely citrus fruit but with a slightly baked quality towards the finish. Still, overall this is a lovely Saint Emilion, one that stylistically surprised a few experienced palates when its identity was revealed. I think it will merit a higher mark in the future. Tasted January 2013.