2019 Chateau Pavie Decesse St. Emilion

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A beautiful powerhouse of flavor, this exceptional example of Saint-Emilion will be a stunner for years to come. Bold fruit, subtle garrigue, and bright minerals make this collectable monolith one that will surely impress.


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Proprietary Red
18-24 months
Oak Treatment:
new oak barrels
St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe
Total Varietal Composition %:
90% Merlot 10% Cabenet Franc
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750 ml Bottle


The 2019 Pavie-Decesse is off the charts brilliant. Blueberry jam, graphite, menthol, licorice, espresso, lavender and cloves are some of the many nuances that unfold in a statuesque Saint-Émilion of dizzying scale. Big, brawny and powerful, the 2019 is going to require years in bottle to blossom, but it is immensely promising and very clearly a great wine in the making. Yields were just 17 hectoliters per hectare. Sadly, production is down about 40% because two parcels are being redeveloped. The use of only the healthiest parcels most likely explains why Pavie-Decesse is so exceptional in 2019. Henrique Da Costa, Gérard Perse's son-in-law, explained that while 2019 was hot and dry, conditions were not extremely hot. Cool temperatures in the evenings provided respite from the daytime heat, while water reserves in the soils from the wet spring allowed the vines to avoid stress. As for the wines, they are superb across the board. Most of the attention will naturally center on Pavie, but the entire range is terrific.


Jeb Dunnuck

From a site sitting just above Château Pavie, the 2019 Château Pavie Decesse is based on 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, from 50+-year-old vines, brought up mostly in new French oak. It's always an elegant wine and the 2019 is no exception, with an incredible minerality in its black raspberry, cassis, spring flowers, crushed rock, and graphite-driven aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, it's another brilliant wine from this team. While it shows the pretty, finesse-driven style of this vintage, it has enough structure to warrant 4-6 years of bottle age. 95-97+


Wine Advocate

The 2019 Pavie Decesse is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, harvested on the 5th of October. The yields this year were 17 hectoliters per hectare, and the alcohol came in at 14.51%, while the pH was 3.51 (remarkably low!). Very deep purple-black in color, it has an intoxicating nose of plum preserves, blueberry tart, kirsch and molten chocolate with nuances of licorice, lilacs, clove oil and cedar chest. The full-bodied palate is built like a skyscraper, with a soaring structure of firm, finely grained tannins and brazen freshness supporting the decadent black fruit and spicy layers, finishing very long and fruity. (LPB) 95-97+



As ever this is a true highlight of the Pavie stable, still with muscles and concentration but accompanied by the most gorgeous seam of freshness, showcasing the gorgeous limestone soils. This is what balance can look like in these bigger-framed wines and it's lovely. Will age and soften but has the grip and the uplift to carry it through. A yield of 17hl/ha. (JA)


James Suckling

Wow. A big, rich wine with lots of tannins here. It’s full-bodied with a core of tannins that frame the wine nicely. Intense and powerful at the finish.


Wine Enthusiast

The vines for this wine are situated on the Saint-Émilion plateau. While the wine shows power and concentration, the quality of the black plum and berry fruits provides a fine counterpoint. This fine wine is in a line from this estate that ages well.