Although Pavie Decesses's reputation exists in the shadow of its glorious older sibling, topography has nonetheless set it above Château Pavie, situated as it is on Saint-Emilion's limestone plateau. Purchased by Gérard Perse in 1997 (one year before before he bought Château Pavie), Pavie-Decesse is one of the "happy few” Saint-Emilion Grands Crus Classés.
Enjoying the same attention as Château Pavie, whose terroir it essentially shares, Pavie-Decesse achieves a consistency of quality which is the definition of a Great Growth.
Up until 1855, Pavie and Pavie Decesse were one and the same vineyard. Then owner Ferdinand Bouffard separated the vineyards, with both properties ultimately ending up in the hands of the Perse family. The two are, however, very different properties, with their own unique terroir and wine styles. Pavie Decesse is planted in 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the vine-age averaging 40 years-plus. The wines are lushly opulent and sensually textured, with Gerard Perse stamping his mark and introducing a distinct uplift in quality.