Chateau Pavie’s viticultural history dates back to the 4th Century, making it one of the most ancient winemaking sites in Bordeaux. However it wasn’t until 1919 that Albert Porte acquired the Chateau and unified several other domaines to create the current estate. After passing through several hands, Gerard and Chantal Perse purchased the Chateau in 1998, who then overhauled the entire estate; from irrigation systems in the vineyards to temperature controlled fermentation vats, the Chateau Pavie of old was well and truly in the past. Alongside consultant oenologist Michel Rolland, Pavie’s wines went from strength to strength and the estate was promoted to 1er Grand Cru Classe (A) in the 2012 Saint Emilion Classification.

Since Perse’s takeover, the wine has been aged in 100% new oak bariques for a minimum of 18 months before being bottled, unfiltered. The estate is the largest 1er Grand Cru Classe in Saint Emilion, with 37 hectares of vines. As Robert Parker has written: “Pavie is widely acclaimed as one of Bordeaux’s greatest terroirs”. The vineyards are planted around the famous Saint Emilion limestone plateau. The vines are all manually worked, tending to them throughout the year before hand harvesting those grapes which are of optimum maturity – a process which sacrifices a portion of grapes from each vine as to improve the quality of those which remain. Pavie’s wines offer big, highly concentrated flavours and are often given top marks, securing their place in the top echelon of Saint Emilion.

Available Wines

2022 Chateau Pavie Premier Grand Cru Classe A, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1x300cl

£1,230/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Aug 2025