2000 Pavie, St-Emilion

SKU #1005115 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Showing some maturity, the 2000 Pavie is about as sexy and opulent as Bordeaux gets. Blackcurrants, blackberries, toasted spice, truffle, and awesome minerality all emerge from this behemoth of a wine. From a magical terroir of steep limestone slopes and made from 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers incredible depth and richness, yet stays elegant, light on its feet, and graceful. It’s an extraordinary, singular wine.  (8/2018)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Just beginning to come around and strut its enormous potential, this wine at age 15 has been evolving like a glacier. The wine has an inky, opaque, plum/purple color and a stunningly rich nose of mulberries, bramble berries, blackberries, licorice and incense as well as touches of toast and graphite. Fabulously concentrated and full-bodied, with a multidimensional mouthfeel, this profound Pavie is in mid-adolescence. It should evolve and continue to drink well for at least another 30-40 years. This is clearly the first compelling effort made by the Perse family. (RP)  (8/2015)

97 points Wine Spectator

 Beautiful and on point now, with a cascade of gently steeped blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry fruit flavors that are showing some secondary notes, all followed by singed alder, dried anise, tobacco and black tea accents. Features a mineral lining on the finish, along with a long sanguine echo. Presents a mature edge, but this is racy and fresh, with hints of menthol and bay leaf.—Non-blind Pavie vertical in March 2017. Drink now through 2035. (JM, Web Only-2017)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red with a pale rim. Candied violet, cherry cola, almond paste and savory herbs on the expressive nose. Smooth and suave on entry, then lively and bright in the middle, delivering opulent red cherry, mineral and floral flavors of uncommon purity and poise. Outstanding length and balance on the perfumed, seamless finish. Another standout wine by Thienpont and Derenoncourt. Surprisingly drinkable already but has the stuffing to age and improve for at least another 15 years. Apparently, no Cabernet Sauvignon was included in this blend. (ID)  (3/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Under the regime of Gérard Perse, Pavie seems to have become more opulent, more extracted, and, dare I say it, more simplistic. The richness of the 2000 vintage lends itself to this technique. While it is a wonderful, immediately appealing wine, with its intense dark fruits, it seem to lack the complexity of other wines of similar status. (RV)  (6/2003)

Jancis Robinson

 This provided quite a contrast to the Margaux, being so much heavier and darker purple, though without much bouquet. The palate was very sweet, verging on porty, with rather drying tannins on the finish - playing the concentration rather than finesse card. 17/20 points. (JR)  (9/2009)

K&L Notes

99 points Neal Martin: "Served blind at a private dinner in Bordeaux, the millennial Pavie is a brilliant Saint Emilion that just with age is developing a sense of classicism that must have a few cynics blushing with embarrassment. Decanted for a couple of hours, it offers a sensational pure bouquet with dark berries, a touch of crushed raspberry, limestone and rose petals. The palate is surprisingly reserved on the entry but builds nicely on the palate. Supremely well balanced with a very precise, refreshing finish. Over the course of two hours, this Pavie 2000 just gets better and better and better. It is just about reaching its drinking plateau where it should remain for a decade. Tasted April 2011." (WineJournal.com, 09/2011)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion