"Give Gerard Perse credit. People thought his numerous assurances that 2000 was the greatest Pavie ever produced were premature as well as arrogant. However, after tasting this extraordinary blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (made from low yields of 28-30 hectoliters per hectare) six separate times in 2003, it is unquestionably one of the most monumental wines Bordeaux has ever produced. Bottled in March, 2003, about nine months later than other 2000s, the color is an opaque purple, and the bouquet offers up notes of liquid minerals, blackberries, cherries, and cassis intermixed with spice box, cedar, and white flowers. On the palate, it exhibits a massive display of richness and extract, yet with pinpoint delineation and vibrancy as well as a 60+ second finish, this is the kind of phenomenal wine that Perse's critics were afraid he might produce - a no-compromise, immortal wonder that represents the essence of one of Bordeaux's greatest terroirs. Life is too short not to own and consume the 2000 Pavie. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050." - Wine Advocate
Chateau Pavie Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2000
A monumental wine and undoubtedly one of the best the château has ever produced. The dark, intense, ruby-red colour does not seem to have taken on any age at all. The nose is very fresh, with lots of very ripe and juicy berry fruit as well as refined toasty notes that fit in beautifully. This vintage shows us that a strong oak influence marries very well with Pavie’s fruit in full-bodied vintages. 2000 Pavie is very smooth and suave on the palate with a great balance between tannin and acidity. The mouth feel is very pleasant, and there is a wonderful velvety sensation. The aftertaste is spicy, with a hint of cocoa and the unique flavour of a noble terroir, in a prime location on the Saint-Émilion limestone plateau. The finish is super long and very distinguished. It is a huge pleasure to taste this wine, which has quite a reputation around the world. Its stellar quality calls for more elaborate dishes such as veal chops with black truffle, pigeon with Burlat cherries, canon d’agneauGeological characteristics Château Pavie has diverse terroirs: – Terroir typical of the Saint-Emilion limestone plateau composed of clay-limestone soil on an asteriated limestone subsoil. Located at an altitude of approximately 85 meters above the Dordogne River. – Terroir called « milieu de côte » (middle of the slope) located approximately 55 meters above the Dordogne and composed of very fine brown limestone.
Showing some maturity, the 2000 Pavie is about as sexy and opulent as Bordeaux gets. Blackcurrants, blackberries, toasted spice, truffle, and awesome minerality all emerge from this behemoth of a wine. From a magical terroir of steep limestone slopes and made from 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers incredible depth and richness, yet stays elegant, light on its feet, and graceful. It’s an extraordinary, singular wine.