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2012 Pavie, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1128711 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark What a gorgeous wine with violet and sandalwood character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body. Fine tannins. Love it now. Inner quote mark (3/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2012 Pavie celebrates its reclassification and upgrade to Class A St.-Emilion by sporting a new black label with gold print. Fortunately, every Pavie has benefitted since Perse began a complete makeover of this estate in 1998. From 47-year-old vines, the 2012 has an inky purple color, judicious toasty oak in the nose interwoven with copious blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, Christmas spices, as well as licorice and graphite. Full-bodied, rich and moderately tannic, it will require 5-7 years of bottle age but should drink well for 20-30 years. Kudos to Chantal and Gerard Perse for their extraordinary commitment to quality, which is so evident in this more challenging vintage than some of the great years like 2009 and 2010. Very low yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare were obtained from this 92-acre estate. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2012 Pavie has been impressive on the two occasions I have tasted it so far. Exotic scents of graphite, smoke, new leather and dark fruit open up first. Deep, intense and rich, especially within the context of the year, the 2012 finds greater finesse and nuance with time in bottle. Pavie is a rare 2012 that is going to require time in bottle, as the tannins are imposing at this early stage. I imagine the 2012 will be divine in another few years. Even today, it is exceptionally well-balanced and harmonious in the modern-day flamboyant Pavie style. The 2012 is 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon that spend 28 months in barrel. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A beauty, with rich and supple plum and blackberry confiture notes that stream along over a dense but velvety structure. The licorice and toast aspect is more restrained here, and there are long, cool menthol, apple wood and earth accents through the finish. (JM, Web-2017 Inner quote mark

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2014 | Send Email
* The other St-Emilion estate to elevate to PGC Category A. The terrior here is phenomenal. This has a fine nose of expressive Merlot; it is dark, super sleek and not a fruit bomb. Always a tough wine to taste young, so I will reserve final judgment.

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