Chateau Pavie 2018 tasting notes on futures and ratings “en primeur” by Ronald Rens, M.Sc., Wine Master, Bordeaux Expert
Chateau Pavie 2018
The horses were working diligently to plough the vineyard at Pavie when we were there under a beautiful sunshine. For me there is always a special Dutch link with the chateau because Gérard Perse’s wife is from the Netherlands.
Aromes de Pavie 2018 (17,5 points)
[65% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon]
The signature deep color, true to the style of the Chateau. Rather jammy nose with intense red cooked fruit with almost a hint of sweetness. Made me think of a Napa Valley wine. On the palate there are loads of wood but not so overwhelming as in previous vintages. Nice (over)ripe fruit and a good length. Well made and again a small step further away from the Parker-style wines.
Chateau Pavie 2018 (19 points)
[60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon]
Deep inky black color, even deeper than the Aromes. On the nose there is an interesting menthol aroma that dominates a bit, followed by heavy aromas of concentrated cooked fruit. It is in the style of Pavie which has faithful followers. The sample that shows some ripe fruit on the palate is dominated by the wood. Very strong barrel influence. In the mouth this is a heavy, full-bodied wine that seems to emulate New World wines. It is well made but this is not your traditional Bordeaux and it is a style one has to like.
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