Following the release of Angelus this morning the ‘magic of merlot’ and splendour of the right bank enriches us further with another Grand Cru Classe A, the magnificent Chateau Pavie. As one might expect in such a strong right bank vintage, Chateau Pavie has been awarded a potential 100 points score, 99-100 from James Suckling who says ‘The aromas are already exceptional. The intensity and verve of this wine promises true greatness.’ The price today on release is £1,446 per case of six, or £2,892 per case of 12. This marks a discount of 3% to the 2019, the first major Estate to do this, and a good incentive for those who wish to own this brilliant Chateau Pavie.

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Also released today is the second wine of Chateau Pavie, Aromes de Pavie. Aromes is an affordable way to enjoy the splendour of Pavie at a fraction of the price. Today it is released at £360 per case of six and with 95-96 points the value here is obvious. Indeed, it is the best priced second wine one of a Grand Cru Classe wine, or First growth.
Like other vineyards in Saint-Emilion such as Château Ausone, the Pavie vineyard dates back to Roman times. It takes its name from the orchards of peaches (“pavies”) that used to stand there. The modern Estate was assembled by Ferdinand Bouffard in the late 19th century by buying plots from several families. The plots were still managed separately, and the 9 hectares bought from the Pigasse family retained a separate identity as Château Pavie-Decesse. However, Bouffard struggled in the vineyard with phylloxera, and at the end of World War I he sold it to Albert Porte, who sold it to Alexandre Valette in 1943. His grandson, Jean-Paul Valette sold it to Gérard Perse in 1998 for $31 million.
Perse is a Parisian millionaire and former cyclist who sold two supermarket chains to fund his entry into the wine business. He bought Château Monbousquet in 1993, Château Pavie-Decesse in 1997, and Pavie in 1998. He ripped out most of the old equipment, building new temperature-controlled wooden fermentation vats, a new cellar and a new irrigation system in the vineyard. In 2012 Chateau Pavie was promoted to Grand Cru Classe A status along with Angelus, joining Cheval Blanc and Ausone.