Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

With vineyards dating back to the Roman times, Château Pavie, whose name comes from the former orchards of peaches (“pavies”), has wines carrying the rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé (Class A), Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

With vineyards dating back to the Roman times, Château Pavie, whose name comes from the former orchards of peaches (“pavies”), has wines carrying the rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé (Class A), Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

 

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.

 

The view of the downslope vineyards from the front entrance of Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

The view of the downslope vineyards from the front entrance of Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

 

The winery, offices and reception facilities of Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France, are in beautiful new buildings constructed of limestone blocks, on the slopes amidst the vineyards

The winery, offices and reception facilities of Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France, are in beautiful new buildings constructed of limestone blocks, on the slopes amidst the vineyards

 

Prior to sunset, the vineyards turn nearly golden, Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

Prior to sunset, the vineyards turn nearly golden, Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

 

Since 1998, the grapes have been fermented in spanking new wooden vats, Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

Since 1998, the grapes have been fermented in spanking new wooden vats, Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

 

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.

 

An elaborately carved oak barrique used for blending in the barrel cellars of Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

An elaborately carved oak barrique used for blending in the barrel cellars of Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

 

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.

 

How many liters do you want of the 2012 Château Pavie?  Take you pick, starting with 375 mL on the right, 750 mL, a magnum, etc; Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

How many liters do you want of the 2012 Château Pavie? Take you pick, starting with 375 mL on the right, 750 mL, a magnum, etc; Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

 

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