Up until 1855 Chateau Pavie and Chateau Pavie Decesse were part of the same vineyard. Ferdinand Bouffard, the owner at that time, seperated the vineyards and thus Chateau Pavie Decesse was born. In 1997, Gerard Perse bought the vineyard and paid homage to the orignal owner and restored the wine cellar as Bouffard originally designed it. The wine produced at Chateau Pavie is one of opulence, sensual structure balanced with minerality, freshness and concentration. The wine drinks well young but will develop futher complexities with age.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 93
"Gerard Perse's tiny vineyard was cropped at 26 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend was 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc (14.5% alcohol). It boasts great intensity, a dense purple color, and beautiful aromas of sweet mulberries, black cherries, cedar, crushed rocks, and white chocolate as well as a chalky character (which gives the wine superb minerality). The wine is expansively flavored, and the tannins are remarkably sweet and well-integrated. An atypical blockbuster for the 2007 vintage, it should drink beautifully for 15-20 years."
Stephen Tanzer (ST):
"Good deep ruby. Blackberry, minerals, violet pastille, licorice and pepper on the nose, along with a rocky quality characteristic of this calcaire-rich site. Juicy and very intense but youthfully imploded, with a restrained sweetness and terrific precision and grip to the mineral and crushed cassis flavors. Finishes firmly tannic and very long, with terrific energy. This should evolve slowly."