2014 Pavie, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201313 94-97 points Wine Spectator

 A beauty in the making, with gloriously pure boysenberry, raspberry and plum flavors, ample yet thoroughly integrated grip, and lithe acidity that lets the finish flow with an unencumbered feel. Offers chalky acidity. (Web-2015) (JM)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château Pavie 2014 is a blend of 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 3 and 10 October, a lower percentage of Merlot as the vineyard moves towards more Cabernet in the blend. Matured in 80% new oak and 20% one-year old, it has an opulent and delineated bouquet that is heads above the Bellevue-Mondotte. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, the Cabernet in sync with the Merlot, silky smooth in the mouth with a plush but not cloying finish. The mineralité shows through nicely, partly because of that higher percentage of Cabernet. This is a different style of Pavie compared to previous vintages and the team were clear in their emphasis on more Cabernet and less oak. The result is a Pavie that really exploits its propitious terroir and a wine that even compared to Gérard Perse's other 2014s, demonstrates more complex, more class and classicism. This is one of the standout wines in Saint Emilion. (NM)  (4/2015)

93-96 points Vinous

 The 2014 Pavie is magnificent. Silky and finessed to the core, the 2014 Pavie captures the essence of this site, but with more restraint and silkiness than is often the case and less overt oak influence. Raspberry jam, wild flowers, mint and new leather are all finely-knit, but it is the wine's perfume, aromatic nuance and overall balance that elevate it in 2014. The blend is 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2014 spent 36 days on the skins, followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel. New oak is 80%. (AG)  (4/2015)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This is a ripe wine made from rich grapes, although it also has a good sense of structure and even restraint. It does have freshness that allows the wine to have great lift through the close. There is also a solid, dark character that continues through to the dry finish. (RV)  (4/2015)

93-94 points James Suckling

 A firm and juicy wine with very pretty dark fruit, mineral and floral character. Full body, round tannins and a fresh finish.  (3/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Nose needs to be coaxed out of the glass. Thick and much more athletic than the other wines. You can really see the terroir here. Lively proper freshness as well as great intensity and ambition. There is a perceptible difference between this and the other Perse wines that seem to have too much make-up. Long and tense and not too much sweetness. Still a bit dry on the end. But very long and reverberant. Masses of energy here.  (4/2015)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Saint Emilion