With vineyards dating back to the Roman times, Château Pavie, whose name comes from the former orchards of peaches (“pavies”) 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.
Following our tour [see our previous blog post], we had a wine tasting on the terrace of the reception hall, atop the winery, overlooking the vineyards before sunset.
Our dinner was catered by Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Émilion, a member of the Relais & Chateaux group. The exquisitely prepared and delicious dishes were accompanied by wines of the proprietor of Château Pavie, ending with a wonderful Château Pavie 2006 en magnum, Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé (Class A).
Our first course of l’Asperge blanche du sud ouest, esturgeon fumé – thym citron (white asparagus from the south west, smoked sturgeon – lemon thyme) was accompanied by Château Monbousquet blanc 2001, Bordeaux blanc, a winery that is also owned by the proprietor of Château Pavie, Gérard Perse.
Our main course of le veau de lait roti, poireaux – mousse d’oignon (roasted milk fed veal, leeks – onion foam) was accompanied by Château Pavie Decesse 2007, Saint-Émilion, Grand Crus Classé, a winery that is also owned by the proprietor of Château Pavie, Gérard Perse.
Our fromages affines de Mr. Pierre Rollet (Mr. Pierre Rollet’s refined cheeses) and our dessert of Délicat chocolat a la noix de pécan, fraicheur verveine (delicate chocolate tart with pecan nut, freshness lemon verbena) was accompanied by Château Pavie 2006 en magnum, Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé (Class A). Château Pavie produces elegant, harmonious and stylish Saint-Émilions that typically display a fine bouquet with good depth of fruit on the palate. The 2006 was drinking beautifully with our dinner!