This wine still possesses a dense, youthful, plum/garnet color to the rim, with very little lightening. The first vintage for Pavie under Chantal and Gérard Perse, the 1998 is full-bodied, showing lots of cedar wood, forest floor, roasted herbs, black cherry and blackcurrant and new saddle leather. It is quite full-bodied, opulent and seems to be just entering its plateau of full maturity, where it should last another 15-20 years. (RP)
Medium-deep purple-ruby: this color is actually less evolved and much darker than that of the 2000. Captivating, uncommonly deep aromas of blackberry, violet, sweet spices and aromatic herbs. Suave and silky on the palate, with amazingly pure red and dark berry flavors complicated by minerals and floral perfume. This Pavie Macquin still included a little cabernet sauvignion in its blend. A great, extremely long wine of rare elegance and purity, it has improved considerably with bottle age. (ID)
1998 was the first vintage of Pavie under its new ownership and it is the finest example of this estate I have ever had the pleasure to taste. It is too bad that the style departed from this 1998 in the years to come, as this had potential. The bouquet is deep, ripe, but not over the top stylistically, as it offers up scents of black cherries, cassis, tobacco leaf, a nice base of soil tones, a touch of weediness and a well-managed base of toasty oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a fair bit of youthful, well-integrated tannins, fine focus and grip and a long, nascently complex finish. A bit more modern in style than most of the top St. Émilions that I gravitate towards, but a very well-made wine. (Drink between 2018-2035)
Lovely, and in a great spot now. The mulled currant, fig and boysenberry fruit is fully into its secondary phase, while the backdrop of singed cedar and alder notes plays a supporting role. Keeps a fresh tobacco accent through the finish, with a lingering graphite echo. (JM, Web Only-2017)
Ruby-red. Sappy, liqueur-like aromas of cherry, raspberry coulis, roast coffee and exotic wood spices. Wonderfully sweet and mouthfilling, but with harmonious acidity giving shape and clarity to the flavors. Finishes quite long, with fine tannins. Not at all overextracted; in fact, here the tannins seem a bit sweeter than those of the '99. Still unfolding; this may ultimately surpass the '99. (ST) 92+
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