While not as legendary as Pavie’s 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, or 1998, the 2002 is one of the top wines of the vintage. Its deep plum/ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of fruitcake, cranberries, cherry liqueur, crushed rocks, and subtle oak. Savory, full-bodied, remarkably concentrated, layered, and forward for a Pavie, it should be accessible in 3-4 years, and will evolve effortlessly for two decades. *** This wine includes the small production previously bottled as La Clusiere as the Pavie vineyard now encompasses just under 92 acres. A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, Pavie is once again a candidate for “wine of the vintage,” a tribute to proprietors Chantal and Gerard Perse who are unwavering in their commitment to produce one of Bordeaux’s most long-lived and complex wines. There are approximately 8,000 cases of the 2002, which was macerated for 4-5 weeks with malolactic and aging in 100% new oak. Like every Pavie produced under Perse, it will be bottled unfined and unfiltered. The color is a saturated dense purple. The wine possesses that liquid minerality that denotes a great terroir, along with a tremendously sweet liqueur of black currants and cherries intermixed with melted licorice and spice box. Dense and full-bodied yet remarkably elegant and delineated, this is a stunning achievement for the 2002 vintage. It is capable of three decades of ageability. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025
Chateau Pavie is a top wine estate based in the Saint Emilion region of Bordeaux, France. Located in the South West, the chateau was reclassified to the top tier of the Saint Emilion classification of wine in 2012, as Premier Grand Cru Classe (A).
The name Pavie originates back to Roman times, signifying an orchard of peaches - ‘Pavies’ that used to reside in the area. The owner of this prestigious wine estate is Parisian millionaire Gerard Perse, who procured the chateau for a whopping $ 31 million (USD) in 1998.
13,500 - 16,500 cases
Premier Grand Cru Classe (A)
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