Ch. Pavie St Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe 2003

Merlot from France - Bordeaux
Review Date : 31-Dec-2014
1er GCC, 37 ha, 60% Me, 25% CF, 15% CS, vines 43 y.o. on average, 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18-32 months in 70-100% new oak. Approx. 5,800 cases made. Very dark, deep, black-red with some mahogany-garnet hues on edge. The bouquet is bold, brash and fulsome with complex, very ripe black plum fruits with savoury, secondary dried herb and undergrowth layers melded with roasted meats, game, and plenty of toasty oak. Full-bodied, the palate is rich, sweet and plush with masses of ripe, plump black fruits harmoniously interwoven with powerful savoury meat and secondary undergrowth flavours, along with plenty of toasty oak. This is intense and weighty, and the fruit is integrated with considerable tannin extract, the wine filling the mouth with flavour and presence. This is a bit of a beast; it’s not classic claret for sure, but the depth of character, richness and power must be acknowledged. This will live 15-20 years easily. 18.5+20 Nov 2014

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