Château Pavie is the largest Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, with over 35 hectares (86.5 acres) of vineyards located exclusively on the Saint-Émilion Côtes. Château Pavie is situated south-east of the village of Saint-Émilion and its vineyards lie on a south-facing slope of the famous limestone plateau. Château Pavie’s vineyards are bordered by those of Château La Gaffelière and Château Pavie-Decesse. For many years the property was owned and run by Jean-Paul Valette. In 1998 Gérard Perse, who also owns Pavie-Decesse and Monbousquet, purchased it.
Château Pavie’s wine is typically a blend of 55% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Since 1998, the grapes have been fermented in spanking new wooden vats with the wine then being aged in 100% new oak bariques for 18 months. It is bottled unfiltered.
Château Pavie produces elegant, harmonious and stylish Saint-Émilions that typically display a fine bouquet with good depth of fruit on the palate. Under the Perse regime Château Pavie has become richer, more intense and more concentrated. The 2000 Château Pavie was rated with the maximum score (100 points) by critic Robert Parker in The Wine Advocate.