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2005 Château Pavie (750ml)
Producer: Château Pavie chateaupavie.com
Appellation: Saint Émilion Grand Cru - Libournais - France (1er Grand Cru Classé B)
Type: red
Varietal: Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Cabernet Sauvignon
Maturity: Hold
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$445.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: August 9, 2006 , Decanter decanter.com
5 stars "Stupendous colour and body with an intensity matched by nothing else. A very long maceration gives huge tannins and robust tactile sensations. This is a modern version of the 1947 Lafleur or Petrus type, for lovers of monumental flavours. Drink from 2020. (19 points)" Best 2020-
rated: April 18, 2007 , Robert Parker (WA)
98 points " 98-100 Points - Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) "Last year I was not sure whether the 2005 would turn out to be better than the 2003 or 2000, two wines that can taste perfect on any given day, especially the 2000. However, this fabulous vineyard has once again produced 7,000 cases of true elixir in 2005, and it looks like this vintage will take its place in the pantheon of monumental Pavies that have been produced since Gerard Perse gained control of this great terroir on the famed Cote Pavie, just outside the medieval village of St.-Emilion. The 2005, a final blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, enjoyed a Burgundian-like, eight day cold maceration, a six week cuvaison, and malolactic in oak. It will spend 26 months aging before being bottled. Its liquid mineral, scorched earth, blackberry, cassis liqueur, and roasted coffee characteristics are accompanied by phenomenal acidity, high tannin, and unbelievable levels of fruit and texture. One would have to go back to some of the last century's greatest vintages to find the equal of this stunning St.-Emilion. Although not the most concentrated Bordeaux, it is unquestionably one of the most noble and potentially long-lived. Is it possible that Perse's wines represent cleaner, more modern day versions of the 1921s, 1929s, and right bank 1947s? They are meant to be cellared for 10-15 years, and kept over the following 50 or more. The 2005 Pavie is one of his greatest achievements in terms of richness allied to phenomenal elegance and finesse. The natural alcohol came in around 14%, about the same as in 2003 and 2000. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2050+." - Robert Parker " Best 2017-2050
rated: November 23, 2007 , grace chen
5 stars Best 2019-2042
rated: December 18, 2007 , James Suckling (WS)
97 points ""This is a blockbuster. Massive wine, with pure crushed blackberries and hints of wood on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, chewy and wonderful. Pavie is amazing this year. - J.S." 95-100 Points Wine Spectator"
rated: November 27, 2008 , Phil LaRue
98 points Best 2020-2060
rated: November 4, 2009 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
100 points "Score: 100 Release Price: $405 Current Auction Price: $341 Country: France Region: Bordeaux Issue: Jun 30, 2008 Designation: Collectibles 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. –JS " Best 2015-2040