The 2019 Pavie has a very pure and perfumed bouquet with black cherries, kirsch and cassis fruit, controlled and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, fresh with fine salinity, slightly granular towards the finish that feels cohesive and opulent. In the glass, it begins to show just a bit of alcohol on the finish, prompting me to knock a point off. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2055
Robert Parker 94
While the 2019 Pavie does display a touch more restraint that the wines produced here a decade ago, it remains one of the most powerful, extracted wines in all of Bordeaux, exhibiting a glass-staining, opaque purple-black color and a rich bouquet of cherries, blackberries and berry fruit liqueur mingled with sweet spices, loamy soil, licorice and rose petals. Full-bodied, powerful and muscular, it’s thick and textural, with a layered, multidimensional mid-palate laden with ripe fruit and rich, chewy tannins, concluding with a long, youthfully grippy finish. The evolution of the early Pese-era wines at age 20 leads me to suspect that time will be kind to this 2019, but couldn’t this great sitea which naturally delivers elevated maturity combined with low pHa be rendered with more charm and sensuality?
Anticipated maturity: 2029-2065