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1998 Pavie, St-Emilion

SKU #1073658 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The first vintage for Gérard Perse, the 1998 Pavie is drinking beautifully today and offers a layered, rich, yet seamless and elegant character. Blackcurrants, new leather, tobacco, chocolate, and dried flowers characteristics all emerge from this beauty and it has sweet tannins, a flamboyant, sexy texture, and no hard edges. It’s mature yet youthful and fresh, and unquestionably has another 15-20 years of life. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This wine still possesses a dense, youthful, plum/garnet color to the rim, with very little lightening. The first vintage for Pavie under Chantal and Gérard Perse, the 1998 is full-bodied, showing lots of cedar wood, forest floor, roasted herbs, black cherry and blackcurrant and new saddle leather. It is quite full-bodied, opulent and seems to be just entering its plateau of full maturity, where it should last another 15-20 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (8/2015)

95 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark No tasting note provided. Inner quote mark (4/2002)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark 1998 was the first vintage of Pavie under its new ownership and it is the finest example of this estate I have ever had the pleasure to taste. It is too bad that the style departed from this 1998 in the years to come, as this had potential. The bouquet is deep, ripe, but not over the top stylistically, as it offers up scents of black cherries, cassis, tobacco leaf, a nice base of soil tones, a touch of weediness and a well-managed base of toasty oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a fair bit of youthful, well-integrated tannins, fine focus and grip and a long, nascently complex finish. A bit more modern in style than most of the top St. Émilions that I gravitate towards, but a very well-made wine. (Drink between 2018-2035) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Lovely, and in a great spot now. The mulled currant, fig and boysenberry fruit is fully into its secondary phase, while the backdrop of singed cedar and alder notes plays a supporting role. Keeps a fresh tobacco accent through the finish, with a lingering graphite echo. (JM, Web Only-2017) Inner quote mark

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Ruby-red. Sappy, liqueur-like aromas of cherry, raspberry coulis, roast coffee and exotic wood spices. Wonderfully sweet and mouthfilling, but with harmonious acidity giving shape and clarity to the flavors. Finishes quite long, with fine tannins. Not at all overextracted; in fact, here the tannins seem a bit sweeter than those of the '99. Still unfolding; this may ultimately surpass the '99. (ST) 92+ Inner quote mark (6/2001)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1998 Pavie was Gerard Perse’s second vintage after buying the property and it was actually matured in 200% new oak. Now at two decades, it continues to be attired with a fresh and very attractive bouquet, blackberry, mulberry, clove and bay leaf, just a touch of Italian delicatessen in the background. I like the definition here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine delineation and a keen thread of acidity, quite classic in style with tobacco and a light seaweed influence towards the persistent finish. This is ageing supremely well and you can another 10 to 15 years of drinking pleasure here. Excellent. Tasted at the château. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

K&L Notes

97 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Pavie is deep garnet-brick in color. So much fruit comes charging out of the gate here: profound crème de cassis, baked blackberries and blackberry preserves with notions of beef dripping, crushed rocks, unsmoked cigar, sandalwood and dried lavender. Big, rich and beautifully impactful, it is completely packed with taut, muscular black and blue fruit preserves, maintaining nice firm grainy tannins with layer after layer of exotic spices, meat and earth notions, finishing epically long and minerally. Should easily continue to cellar for 25+ years." (5/2018)

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