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Honey from Château Pavie's beehives

The idea had long been stirring in the minds of Gerard Perse and his son-in-law Henrique Da Costa. Like the harvest of grapes, diverse civilizations have gathered honey since antiquity. Honey exists in great variety, with an abundance of aromas and flavors expressing the complexity of different terroirs.

At Château Pavie, with its micro-terroirs of expressive character, bees benefit from a rich floral environment with the passing seasons. At winter's end, bees begin gathering nectar from acacia flowers around the vineyard's edge, and then from all the other flowers during spring and summer. Each harvest results in an authentic honey produced in limited quantities for you to discover at the château.

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History

Gérard Perse and his family...

Gérard Perse is not a lifelong member of the wine establishment. He was born in Paris, as were several generations of his family before him.

It was during travels to the Bordeaux region that he fell in love with Saint-Emilion and its beautiful countryside.

Little by little the idea took hold: become a winemaker, follow the rhythm of the passing seasons.After much consideration Gérard Perse and his wife Chantal pulled up stakes and made the move to Saint-Emilion in the early 1990s.  

It was the beginning of a long journey...

Today, their daughter Angélique, his son-in-law Henrique, and their two children—born in Saint-Emilion—live at the property.

With the same passion which brought their grandfather to this land twenty years earlier, each day the grandchildren of Chantal and Gérard Perse become more attached to their playground: the vineyard...

 

TIMELINE

2013 Inauguration of the new winery renovated by the architect Alberto Pinto.

2012 Premier Grand Cru Classé ʽʽAʼʼ de Saint-Emilion.

1998 Gérard Perse acquires the estate

1957 Jean-Paul Valette takes the lead

1955 Premier Grand Cru Classé B

1943 Alexandre Valette acquires the estate

1923 A modern vat house is built

1912 Ferdinand Bouffard breathes his last

1873 Ferdinand Bouffard acquires the estate

1867 The Pimpinelle property

IVth century The peach Pavie

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Vineyards

The vineyard can be divided into three clearly-identified terroirs:

 

 - The limestone plateau, situated around 85 meters above the Dordogne. Profile: white lithic limestone (white limestone soil on "starfish limestone”).

 - The hillside, situated around 55 meters above the Dordogne. Profile: finely-textured brown limestone on Fronsadais molasse (heavy clay-limestone soil).

- The foothills, situated around 35 meters above the Dordogne. Profile: colluvial brown limestone on non-limestone fluvial sands (clay-limestone soil at the bottom of the slope) and brown, large-grained soils (sandy clay).

This combination benefits from conditions that are extremely favourable to viticulture: naturally poor soil, excellent sunshine with its due southern exposure, natural drainage of the soil due to the slop, and the very little frost the vineyard receives due to the west wind.

The vineyard is manually worked in its entirety. Château Pavie's team is out among the vines throughout the entire year. Great attention is given to green harvesting.

We always strive for optimal maturity. The grapes are hand-harvested and transported to the vat house in small crates for selection on double sorting tables.

This process consists of sacrificing a portion of each vine's grape bunches in order to improve the quality of those which remain.

This operation leaves well-distributed bunches of superior quality on the vine with good air circulation and sun exposure to achieve even ripening. There is no doubt that good maturity is a major factor in a wine's quality.

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Winemaking

A beautiful ensemble of stone and flowers faces the vineyard landscape. The entire space is organized around a monumental hall, and from the entrance the tone is set with a subtle measure of modern restraint and Bordeaux classicism.

The central area plays with space and natural light. Like the vines, the large glass façade captures the sun's rays, offering a magnificent view of the hillside vineyard. This is "the most beautiful spot in Saint-Emilion,” according to some. "From one side you can see the village while the other offers a view of neighboring vineyards towards the Dordogne and the Entre-deux-Mers region beyond.”

A majestic stairway rises along one side towards the mezzanine and a spacious reception hall atop the cellars. There, glass walls open in each direction onto flower-filled terraces with forged-iron railings shaped like vine branches, uniting the terrace with the landscape.

The archways of the old Bordeaux Bastide train station support the walls, providing unique dimension and authenticity to the whole construction. Having witnessed the conquest of speed by trains over the past two centuries, the stone archways now celebrate slowness in Pavie. Two completely opposing notions of time that remind us that wine is patience. The Pavie winery is a space where time has stopped. Month after month, year after year, the barrel ageing does its work.

Our harvests are made with the same great care we give to our vineyard work, and this also carries over to our winemaking. Yields are low, with an average of just 30 hectoliters per hectare.

Our oenologist and cellar master, Jean-Baptiste Pion, has contributed to our success since 1998.

Pion is a graduate of Bordeaux's Oenology School, and he and his cellar workers form a perfect team to achieve Château Pavie's goals.

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 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Pavie . In a tasting of  29 wines 

Lafleur 1950 / This was a fascinating bottle. It was in fine form,  and the level was top-shoulder. Decanted only 45 minutes. Light and feeble colour. Exposed and very seductive, fragrant, candied sweet bouquet. Flawless and silky, but also with a firm backbone of minerals. Rich and soft wine with drying fruit that echoes chocolate and coffee. Has lots of complexity, but requires fast drinking. Long and remaining at the end. Sensational, old-style refined Lafleur. 

4m 4d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Pavie . In a tasting of  745 wines 

This years "en primeur" tasting seemed like a journey in time. Bordeaux is back to a more moderate alcohol level and the style is lighter and more elegant. One could say the wines are reminiscent of the 80s, however made with more experience and the modern techniques today. It is not a powerful vintage. The wines are elegant, however the well made ones have an excellent persistence, depth and length. They offer a convincing potential for a long ageing and promote elegance in Bordeaux again. It is a true vintage of terroir although there is a lot of talk about a vintners vintage. However, terroir was the decisive factor in 2021.


Professor Axel Marchal has presented the 10 key points of this vintage on the occasion of the Union des Grands Crus press tasting:


"1. The start of the growing season was marked by severe frost on the 7th and 8th of April.


2. Wet and gloomy weather in May slowed down the vine growth although a providential window of fine weather helped flowering unfold in ideal conditions in early June.


3. Thunderstorms in June slowed down the onset of water stress.


4: Cool, dull weather in July increased the threat of vine diseases.


5. Véraison (colour change) was observed in mid-August, while vine growth had not stopped yet.


6. Thanks to a cool summer, the dry white wines are brilliant, lively and aromatic.


7. The wonderful Indian Summer allowed the red grape varieties to ripen in ideal conditions and preserved aromas.


8. The Merlots are fresh and aromatic while the Cabernets from the finest terroirs are well-structured with good balance.


9. The development of Botrytis cinerea in Sauternes was delayed by the cool summer and eventually triggered by rainfall in mid-September.


10. Despite low yields, the botrytised sweet white wines are of excellent quality."


It will be exciting to see the evolution of this vintage which produced in many cases yields on a very low scale. Arguably it will be a vintage praised for it finesse in the future. A vintage rated on finesse and persistence rather than on sheer power and opulence.

4m 24d ago

 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pavie . In a tasting of  20 wines 

2020 Bordeaux is the grand finale of the never-before-experienced, three consecutive run of great vintages. Yes, there has been a few back-to-back double plays, but this is the first time Bordeaux has ever experienced a full hat trick. There are differences in the vintages, which will become more apparent as the wines age and evolve. Each vintage is unique. Perhaps 2020 is closest to 2018, for its opulent, velvet drenched, sensuous style.  Though, it is important to note that you also find freshness, lift and elegance. Here is something to consider about 2020, alcohol levels are lower for many estates, which is surprising with hot, dry years like 2020.

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pavie . In a tasting of  20 wines 

My overall impression after tasting over 300 wines from across all appellations of Bordeaux is that it is generally an excellent vintage for red wines. The 2020 red wines have as much depth and concentration as the previous two vintages, 2018 and 2019, but tastes lighter, less denser on the palate. For example, the four first growths I tasted – Mouton, Lafite, Margaux and Haut-Brion were outstanding in their sculpted expression of their own individual terroirs. Anyone who really wants to understand the character and terroir of Lafite for example, should really seek out the 2020 vintage. What I loved about Margaux in this vintage is the sculpted, precise, detailed expression despite the immense concentration of flavors. Haut-Brion was incredibly layered and complex while Mouton was expressive and deep with amazing freshness.

1y 3m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Pavie . In a tasting of  650 wines 

2020 – the paradox vintage 


2020 began with mild temperatures even breaking temperature record highs at the beginning of February. These conditions led to a premature budbreak. Budding developed unevenly, very much depending on the locations although the coo and humid weather in April had not a very significant impact on slowing down the growth of the vines. Finally all the vines came into bloom at the end of May without any significant coulure or millerandage. At the start of June, frequent rain intensified the pressure of mildew. From mid-June, the weather changed. The whole Bordelais saw a period of very dry weather for two months. However, the earlier accumulation of water reserves prevented water stress. Around July 18 a heat wave began to build up but the cool nighty prevented water stress on the wines again. The veraison started at the end of July and went on till the beginning of August. The heatwave in August accentuated water stress, but shorter rainy episodes avoided a complete block. The dry and sunny weather in September encouraged the grapes maturity and harvest started on September 10 with a rather mild weather. Towards the middle of September, rain prevented the fruits from wilting but as its frequency was quite concerning, the haves was pushed forward. "Le diabolique" is the title given to this vintage by Véronique Sanders. It is a very special French word, which is not correctly translated with “diabolic” in English. In France, the expression means to overcome the devil. And the vintners succeeded. 2020 is clearly a vintner’s vintage which asked a permanent reinvention of the wineries, struggling hard with this difficult vintage. However, the vintage surprises with excellent wines, exemplary freshness and elegance and very dense structure. In former times it was said that the vine has to suffer to make exquisite wines, in this vintage the people have suffered to make a great wine. The first part of notes for this tasting with over 800 wines you will find today. More notes will follow over the coming days.

1y 4m ago

 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pavie . In a tasting of  26 wines 

Château Mouton Rothschild 2016 / Gorgeous, subtle, layered Mouton with delicate and detailed flavors that linger on the palate for a long time. The density of the tannins combine with wonderful freshness and layers of flavors that range from dark berries, savory spices to cedar and earth. A glorious Mouton that has stature and concentration without any heaviness. The blend is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 1% Cab Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The latter two varieties were co-fermented.


99 points

1y 5m ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pavie . In a tasting of  50 wines 

BORDEAUX 2019 / Ch. Margaux 2019 - only 37% of the whole production into Grand Vin. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon + 7% Merlot + 2% Cabernet Franc + 1% Petit Verdot, 14.9% alcohol. Ch. Margaux' technical director, Philippe Bascaules, told me, that Merlot needed to be vinified gently due to its voluptuousness and high alcohol. He made a comparison between 2018 and 2019 Grand Vin - "when I taste 2018 Ch. Margaux, I taste 2018 vintage first, then Ch. Margaux. When I taste 2019 Ch. Margaux, it's Ch.  Margaux first, then 2019 vintage!"
It's a showcase of Cabernet Sauvignon with wonderful aromas of cigar box and tobacco leaves. Extremely elegant and multi-faceted, sophisticated and very stylish for the property. Exceptional complexity and purity. Liquid silk. True perfection here! 99-100p. 

2y 2m ago

 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pavie . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Bordeaux has been on a hot roll lately. Think about it. 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2018 and who knows, even though it is early, 2019 is also looking good!
Each vintage has its own mark, its individual sense of identity and uniqueness of character. 2016 Bordeaux is such a great vintage!  Consider this. Out of all those above-named vintages, there are 2016 wines better than you find in any of those years. And that is really saying something!
In 2016, like in all great years, every appellation produced beautiful wines, and each has its own stars. You can find fabulous wines on both banks and in all price ranges. The Petit Chateaux are superb. Right Bank wines are gorgeous and some of the best wines from the Medoc are potentially the best-ever from their respective vineyards.
2016 has it all. The wines combine concentration of flavor, purity of fruit, zesty acidity, ripe tannins, power, elegance, refinement and richness. The aromatics are complex, and the length and mouthfeel go on and on. The best wines offer the ability to age and evolve for decades!
2016 is the most recent bottled vintage in Bordeaux. The wines are currently available to consumers. If you are seeking to enjoy the best of the best, this article is for you.
During both tasting trips to Bordeaux this year, I tasted close to 500 recently bottled 2016 wines. These are the top 25 wines of the vintage.

2y 10m ago

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2y 11m ago

 James Molesworth, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pavie . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Château Lafite 2016 / This offers the best of both sides of Pauillac, with a deep, deep well of dark currant, fig, blackberry and black cherry paste flavors forming a lush side while a series of I-beams made of graphite and iron provide the rigid structure. The two sides meld, pulling in extra sweet tobacco, smoldering cast iron, juniper and savory notes on the finish, leaving a mouthwatering feel. A real stunner. Best from 2025 through 2045.

2y 11m ago

 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pavie . In a tasting of  25 wines 

"Alle Neune"-tasting with wines from 1859 to 1959.

2y 11m ago

 Zhao Dao Lee / Wine Importer, Wine Importer (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pavie . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte 2018 / Already very approachable with an alluring whiff of cocoa that lures you in before disappearing into the core of steeped plum, roasted fig and blackberry coulis notes. Sandalwood, black tea and loam elements fill in on the long and expansive finish.Very good indeed!

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