Just beginning to come around and strut its enormous potential, this wine at age 15 has been evolving like a glacier. The wine has an inky, opaque, plum/purple color and a stunningly rich nose of mulberries, bramble berries, blackberries, licorice and incense as well as touches of toast and graphite. Fabulously concentrated and full-bodied, with a multidimensional mouthfeel, this profound Pavie is in mid-adolescence. It should evolve and continue to drink well for at least another 30-40 years. This is clearly the first compelling effort made by the Perse family. (RP)
Beautiful and on point now, with a cascade of gently steeped blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry fruit flavors that are showing some secondary notes, all followed by singed alder, dried anise, tobacco and black tea accents. Features a mineral lining on the finish, along with a long sanguine echo. Presents a mature edge, but this is racy and fresh, with hints of menthol and bay leaf.—Non-blind Pavie vertical in March 2017. Drink now through 2035. (JM, Web Only-2017)
(bottled in March of 2003) Good full medium ruby. Knockout nose of blackberry, espresso, licorice, minerals and burnished oak; offers terrific verve and clarity for a wine so ripe and rich. Then extremely youthful on the palate, with tightly wound flavors and great inner-mouth energy. Brilliant black fruit and mineral flavors offer compelling perfume. This is still remarkably primary despite its long elevage (the wine was bottled just three weeks prior to my tasting). Finishes with great tactile, chewy persistence. An outstanding vintage for this property. (ST)
Bright red with a pale rim. Candied violet, cherry cola, almond paste and savory herbs on the expressive nose. Smooth and suave on entry, then lively and bright in the middle, delivering opulent red cherry, mineral and floral flavors of uncommon purity and poise. Outstanding length and balance on the perfumed, seamless finish. Another standout wine by Thienpont and Derenoncourt. Surprisingly drinkable already but has the stuffing to age and improve for at least another 15 years. Apparently, no Cabernet Sauvignon was included in this blend. (ID)
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