2009 Pavie-Decesse, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Bottled the week of January 16 (a week before I tasted it), the 2009 Pavie Decesse (from a tiny 9-acre vineyard on the limestone slopes above Pavie) is an uncommonly fat, succulent, rich, 1,000-case cuvee with 14.3% alcohol. It boasts an inky/blue/purple hue along with notes of incense, spring flowers, roasted espresso, chocolate, licorice, blackberries and blueberries. Even though it is aged in 100% oak, the wood is virtually non-existent. An inky blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine exhibits a flawless integration of acidity, alcohol and tannin. This opulent, viscous, thick, juicy St.-Emilion will be accessible in 5-7 years and last for three decades.
So much crushed berries and smoky wood with minerals and flowers. Full bodied yet balanced and fresh with loads of fruit but then finish goes on for minutes. Clean and racy. Barrel sample.
Terrifically rich yet beautifully rendered, with precise linzer torte, currant paste, fig sauce and pain d'epices aromas and flavors that cascade through the voluptuous finish. Beautifully polished, with a huge core of pure fruit in reserve that should blossom with extended cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2031.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Red and black fruit aromas complicated by graham cracker, violet and pungent minerality. Plush, broad and seamless but at the same time energetic and light on its feet, thanks to the lift from calcaire. Despite carrying rich flavors of chocolate, mocha and almost liqueur-like dark berries, this wine shows no mid-palate heaviness. Wonderfully deep, rich, chewy Saint-Emilion with outstanding stony persistence. Like the Pavie, this has a long life ahead of it.
** 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Lush chocolate nose and palate. Quite good. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.