From pure limestone soils and a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc (I believe brought up in new oak), the 2008 Château Pavie Decesse offers a thrilling perfume of ripe black cherries, white truffle, cedary spice, and high-class cigar tobacco. With full-bodied richness, incredibly purity and elegance, and fine tannins, it’s relatively accessible today and just now on the early slopes of its drinking plateau. Enjoy bottles any time over the coming two decades.
Lovely fruit with chocolate and berries and raspberries. Full and round fine silky and elegant. Very fresh and long. Beautiful. I like the freshness.
Another top-notch effort, the 2008 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc produced from yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare. It reached 14% natural alcohol, no doubt because of the extremely late harvest. A deep purple color is accompanied by massive notes of blackberries, incense, fruitcake, camphor and toasty oak intermixed with a crushed chalk-like minerality (a hallmark of this vineyard). The wine has softened considerably in bottle, and while it seems more structured than the 2010, it reveals a degree of accessibility. (RP) 94+
Pavie is all about digging in for the long haul, and at 10 years old it starts to make sense. Those tannins are still chewy but not ferocious, the fruit savoury and concentrated. It has far more power than a typical limestone St-Émilion for at least four of its five beats, until that salted almond taste kicks in on the finish and the slate wall appears before you and you start to ascend, and then you think, hang on, in another 10 years this might just be reaching its peak! (JA)
Saturated medium ruby. Blackberry, licorice, violet and graphite on the nose; became more liqueur-like and exotic with air. Dense, chewy and sweet, with highly concentrated flavors of dark berries, violet and minerals. At once lush and gripping, and not at all overly exotic. Finishes very long, with a major load of tannins that will require at least six to eight years of cellaring. (ST)
This is exotic and ambitious, with tiers of anise, violet, roasted fig, melted licorice and racy graphite offset by lush spice and blackberry confiture notes. The powerful finish lets everything play out with excellent definition. Unabashedly modern. (JM)
Dark and inky. Black core. Rich, dark, intense and spicy. Very slightly raisined but not porty. Powerful, dense, full-blooded Merlot. Firm grip but in balance with the fruit weight. A way to go. (JH) 17/20 points
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