2016 Chateau Pavie Saint-Emilion Premiere Grand Cru Classe A PRE-ARRIVAL

$425.00
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Pavie is the pinnacle of right-bank hedonism, and 2016 will not disappoint. Galloni gushed, Seamless, sumptuous and super-expressive, the 2016 Pavie is a real head-turner. It will be years before the 2016 is ready to show all it's got. Even so, it is an absolutely stunning wine. The 2016 is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, which is the most Franc that has ever gone into the Grand Vin. That gives the wine striking aromatic nuance to play off the exquisite, layered fruit. The 2016 is an exceptional wine by any measure. In a word: magnificent!" It's hard to see this wine receiving anything less than a 100-Point score once in the bottle. Lay in a case and you'll never regret it!

NOTE: PRE-ARRIVAL OFFERING; WINE ARRIVES IN FALL 2019; YOUR ORDER IS NOT FINALIZED UNTIL CONFIRMED BY YOUR WINE SCOUT.

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Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Gerard Perse
Vintage:
2016
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 80% new
Country of Origin:
France
Appellation:
Bordeaux
Sub-Appellation:
St. Emilion Premiere Grand Cru Classe
Total Varietal Composition %:
60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol %:
14.55%
Score Wine Advocate:
91
SKU #:
1WPAV16IR3
WA98-100

Wine Advocate

The 2016 Pavie is a blend of 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 38 hectoliters per hectare between 10 and 20 October. The alcohol this year is 14.55%, and it is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one-year-old wood. As Gérard Perse explained, this is a Pavie that has taken stock and shifted in direction in recent years, reflecting more of its exceptional terroir instead of winemaking. It has a very intense bouquet that is extremely well-defined and shrugs off that higher alcohol level. You can find the graphite vein courtesy of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the underlying tension, while a second bottle had a soupçon more florality. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, ripe, supple tannins that gently caress the mouth. It feels beguiling and charming, totally different in style compared to say Cheval Blanc, offering a more sensual take on the 2016 growing season. It is a very impressive follow-up to the 2015 Pavie and may surpass it once in bottle.

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James Suckling

This is more compressed and tighter than the 2015. It’s full-bodied, but very tight and focused. So linear and long. Love the gorgeous finesse. Goes on for minutes. All about finesse...new profile.