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2020 Chateau PavieMerlot from France

$299.99

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  • 100 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
  • 100 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 100 Jonathan Choukroun - Vert de Vin
  • 99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Independent
  • 97-99 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
  • 97-99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 99 Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider
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Ratings:

100

Pure perfection in red wine, the 2020 Château Pavie checks in as 50% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, all raised in 75% new French oak. Absolutely incredible in every way, it has a sensational bouquet of crème de cassis, smoked tobacco, chocolaty oak, graphite, white truffle, and hints of flowers. Pure, full-bodied, and concentrated, with perfect integration of its fruit, oak, and tannins, it's one of those wines that needs to be tasted to be believed. Hats off to the Perse team for not following trends and for continuing to make a truly Grand Vin that offers a rare mix of power and elegance. Give bottles just 4-5 years and enjoy over the following three decades.

100 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

This opens up on your palate like a butterfly. It takes your breath away. Purity of blackberry, raspberry and black cherry. Lavender. Very, very impressive. Full and chewy with tight and polished tannins that go on and on. Energetic and structured. Crisp and vivid. Superb finish. Better after 2029 but a joy to taste.

100 Jonathan Choukroun - Vert de Vin

The nose is elegant and offers power (in finesse), depth, (in control/ all in juiciness), a certain subtlety in its power, a very nice multi-layer side as well as a nice racy grain. A very nice controlled power. It reveals notes of bright blackberry, small bright blue berries, small notes of cassis associated with touches of bright redcurrant, hints of cornflower, Badiane, lily as well as fine hints of varietal (local biotope), spices, a discreet hint of menthol, mocha and a discreet hint of cuben pepper. the mouth is fruity, balanced, racy and offers juiciness, a good definition, gourmandize, a nice suavity, a nice finesse of the grain, precision, a certain tension, a very nice freshness, a nice deepness. The wine expresses notes of juicy/pulpy blackberry, bright cassis, small notes of juicy/pulpy cherry associated with touches of caramelization, blond tabaco, a discreet hint of nearly sappy, a subtle hint of near dried orange zests and a discreet hint of pepper. the tannins are precis, elegant, racy, structuring and offer a small softness. a very nice length and persistence in the mouth. Presence of an imperceptible hint of coffee (in the background). A nice wine that will reveal the potential but one have to have patience for 10/15 years.

99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Independent

A blend of 50% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc, and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2020 Pavie has a deep garnet-purple color. After a swirl or two, the nose erupts with powerful notions of baked plums and blueberry preserves, giving way to fragrant notes of molten licorice, lilacs, crushed rocks, and chocolate box, with just a touch of black olives. The medium to full-bodied palate is dense and muscular, charged with amazing tension and textured with super fine-grained tannins, finishing very long with multi-layered exotic spices, mineral and floral notes. Shimmery!

97-99 Antonio Galloni - Vinous

The 2020 Pavie is very clearly one of the wines of the year. Rich, inky and wonderfully vibrant, it pulses with energy from start to finish. All the elements are well balanced. Soaring Cabernet Franc aromatics lead into a core of finely knit yet deep fruit in a wine that feels endless. Harvest for the reds started on September 17, paused briefly during some rain on the 25th and 26th, and then wrapped up by the end of the month. The blend is 50% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, so more Cabernets than in the past, the result of a large replanting program that began in the early 2000s. A real head-turner. Magnificent!

97-99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Composed of 50% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2020 Pavie weighs in with an alcohol of 14.82% and a pH of 3.61. It is aging in French oak barriques, 75% new. Opaque purple-black colored, notes of plum pudding, blueberry pie and dark chocolate-covered cherries charge out of the gate, followed closely by hints of eucalyptus, star anise, unsmoked cigars and fertile loam with a hint of cedar chest. The full-bodied palate is built like a brick house, offering very firm yet wonderfully ripe, velvety tannins and seamless freshness to support the densely laden, muscular black and blue fruits, finishing very long and with loads of mineral-laced layers. As hedonic as it is cerebral this year, it is a beautiful paradox.

99 Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

With a hue so dark, it is impossible to see through, the wine grabs your senses with its aromatic profile consisting of flowers, black plums, blackberries, black cherries, crushed rocks, licorice, smoke, blue fruits, espresso, mocha and oceanic fragrances. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated, mouth-coating and palate-staining, as well as vibrant, pure and intense. The practically seamless, opulent finish with its layers of sensuous, salty fruits stick with you for close to 60 seconds. This is one of the great vintages of Pavie! Drink from 2026-2060

Product Detail

Item # 134324
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-Region St. Emilion
Ratings

100 - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com

100 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

100 - Jonathan Choukroun - Vert de Vin

99 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Independent

97-99 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous

97-99 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

99 - Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

Vintage 2020
Color Red
ABV N/A
Varietal(s) Merlot
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast and tar
Nose violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee and leather