Chateau Pavie 1989 - Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1.5 L
France - Bordeaux - Saint emilion
Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Cabernet Sauvignon
Red - Vintage: 1989 - Size: 1.5 L
In the fourth century, Chateau Pavie's slope was planted. Parcel after parcel Ð Pigasse, les domaines de la Sable, Pimpinelle, Larcis Ð the bulk was built and consolidated under the Pavie name. This lies all in one piece on the slope of the hill southeast of the town of Saint-Emilion. The buildings and the vineyard at Pavie are at three levels on the side of the slope. Since 1998, Chantal and Gerard Perse have owned this estate, which boasts the largest vineyard of all Premier Grand Cru Classes in Saint-Emilion. The old fermentation cellar has given way to twenty temperature-controlled wooden vats, and the quarries have been replaced by a modern aging cellar.
Gerard Perse believes this is the greatest Pavie he's made to date, although certainly I would argue that list includes the 2000, as well as the 2009 and 2010, among his superstars. This wine, which I had both in the 2005 horizontal report in the Wine Advocate, and at a mini-vertical with Perse at the restaurant Maison Boulud in Montreal, looks to be a 75- to 100-year wine. Dense, opaque purple to the rim, with a gorgeously promising nose of blackberries, cassis, graphite and cedar wood just beginning to emerge, it tastes more like a three-year-old than wine that is already a decade old. This beauty is intense and full-bodied, with magnificent concentration, a majestic mouthfeel and a total seamless integration of tannin, wood, alcohol, etc. Beautifully rich, full and multidimensional, this is a tour de force in winemaking and certainly one of the top dozen or so 2005 Bordeaux. Forget it for another 3-5 years and drink it over the following 50-100 years!
Wine Enthusiast: 100
I 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. 7,100 cases made. -
Wine Spectator: 89
88-90 Barrel sample. A spicy, very fruity wine that is warm in the mouth, suggesting high alcohol. A bit bulky, but the fruit and spice should carry it through.