1997 Pavie-Decesse, St-Emilion
Seriously good. Lots of blackberry, vanilla and tobacco character on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish of polished texture. Finely crafted wine. Best after 2000.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is the first vintage the vinification was controlled by Gerard Perse and his two consultants, Dr. Alain Raynaud and Michel Rolland. Dense ruby/purple-colored, with copious quantities of black raspberry and cherry fruit intermixed with spicy oak, this deep, rich, medium to full-bodied 1997 possesses sweet tannin, low acidity, excellent length, and admirable concentration. Already delicious, it promises to improve with 2-3 years of bottle age, and keep for 12-14 years ... atypically long for a 1997. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright deep red. Dark berries, violet and spices on the expressive nose, along with a hint of torrefaction. Good sweetness and ripeness on entry, but less rich and expansive than the '98. Finishes with notes of licorice and bitter chocolate.