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2005 Pavie (750ml)

2005 Pavie (750ml)

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2005 Pavie

Region: Red Bordeaux
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Tasting Notes
Robert Parker 98+
Now that the 2005 Pavie is in the bottle, I would place it, qualitatively, a notch below the prodigious 2000, and a few notches above the blockbuster 2003. There are 7,000 cases of this 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Disregarding the blatant jealousy of his success as well as his ¿outsider¿ status, proprietor Gerard Perse has pushed the envelope of quality, fashioning first-growth quality wines from one of Bordeaux¿s finest terroirs. In St.-Emilion, only Ausone can be considered to have greater potential in terms of micro-climate and terroir. Pavie¿s 2005 exhibits a thick-looking purple color to the rim as well as an exquisite perfume of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, unsmoked cigar tobacco, crushed rocks, damp earth, and hints of truffles and incense. The vineyard¿s limestone soils have provided massive concentration, a laser-like precision, fresh, zesty acidity, and massive tannin. Despite the wine¿s enormous concentration and intensity, there is a lightness to its style. As Perse has made clear, he is trying to produce modern day versions of such great vintages as 1921, 1929, 1945, and 1947, wines that lasted 50 or more years. I do not understand why Perse receives so much criticism. In the blind tastings of each new vintage conducted by the Grand Jury European, Pavie usually wins against 100 or so other great Bordeaux. As they say, the truth is irrefutable - this is one of the world¿s most outstanding wines, and the 2005 Pavie should take its place among the greatest achievements of Bordeaux in the last 50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060.
Neal Martin, Wine Journal, eRobert Parker 99
Tasted single blind at Southwold. I have to plead guilty, one of only two wines I gifted a perfect score at the Southwold blind tasting, the other being Chateau Margaux. It has a lifted, opulent, minerally nose with superb definition (here reminding me of Ausone.) It has a spellbinding purity fore sure with heavenly scents of blackberry, blueberry, creme de cassis and violets. A massive grip, just fills the whole mouth with gorgeous pure black fruits, blueberry and plum. Seamless tannins but my God, that finish packs a real punch that says you need to leave this alone for 20 years. A huge wine that bewitched a whole panel of experienced palates. Drink 2020-2050+ Tasted January 2009.
Wine Spectator 100
Love the purity of fruit in this wine, with perfectly ripe blackberry, blueberry and raspberry on the nose. Complex and full-bodied, with hints of new oak and wonderfully polished tannins that caress the palate. Long, long finish. This is not the blockbuster it was from barrel, but rather a complete, balanced and gorgeous red. Best after 2015.