Eat and drink local: Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

Entrance to the winery and vineyards on the hillside, Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

Entrance to the winery and vineyards on the hillside, 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”) 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.

 

The reception hall and terrace are on the upper level of the winery building at Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

The reception hall and terrace are on the upper level of the winery building at Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

 

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.

 

The intrepid explorer and your blogger enjoying wines and hors d’oeuvres before dinner, on the terrace as the sun was setting at Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

The intrepid explorer and your blogger enjoying wines and hors d’oeuvres before dinner, on the terrace as the sun was setting at Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

 

Terrific views of the surrounding vineyards from the dinner table in the reception hall at Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

Terrific views of the surrounding vineyards from the dinner table in the reception hall at Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

 

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 was l’Asperge blanche du sud ouest, esturgeon fumé – thym citron (white asparagus from the south west, smoked sturgeon – lemon thyme) at Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

Our first course was l’Asperge blanche du sud ouest, esturgeon fumé – thym citron (white asparagus from the south west, smoked sturgeon – lemon thyme) at Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

 

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 was le veau de lait roti, poireaux – mousse d’oignon (roasted milk fed veal, leeks – onion foam) at Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

Our main course was le veau de lait roti, poireaux – mousse d’oignon (roasted milk fed veal, leeks – onion foam) at Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

 

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.

 

Following refined, local cheeses, our dessert was Délicat chocolat a la noix de pécan, fraicheur verveine (delicate chocolate tart with pecan nut, freshness lemon verbena) at Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

Following refined, local cheeses, our dessert was Délicat chocolat a la noix de pécan, fraicheur verveine (delicate chocolate tart with pecan nut, freshness lemon verbena) at Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

 

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!

 

4 thoughts on “Eat and drink local: Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux region, France

  1. Thank you for the glorious description and photos. My only French vineyard experience was Val Joanis near Rousillon long ago. Katherine

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  2. You did not exaggerate. Asparagus frigates are the topper.

    I hope you are doing your yoga every morning to combat this phalanx of temptations.

    Chuck

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  3. Very attractive couple…. Your photos of food are the best! I feel like I’m sitting there ready to partake.

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