Chateau Pavie Decesse Reviews (Saint-Emilion)


Chateau Pavie Decesse Reviews

2017 Chateau Pavie Decesse Reviews

(Futures Pre-Sale Price) $125.00

Available November 2020

97 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

There was no frost in this vineyard in 2017, due to its elevation. One-hundred percent of the fruit comes from the limestone plateau. Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and sporting a very deep purple-black color, the 2017 Pavie Decesse has a drop-dead gorgeous nose of crushed blackcurrants, red roses, black plums and blueberries with touches of tapenade, cigar box and wood smoke plus a hint of cast iron pan. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and incredibly structured with grainy tannins and a lively line supporting the tightly wound fruit, finishing on a lingering mineral note.

96 Points James Suckling

This is very compacted and tight with firm and silky tannins. A focused and intense center palate with excellent dark fruit and a long finish. Tightly wound.

95 Points Wine Enthusiast

This wine is structured and concentrated, with powerful dark fruits and a strong mineral texture. It is rich but firm, dominated by a dry core. The ripe fruit will come through later. Drink from 2025.

93 Points Wine Spectator

Solid, with boysenberry and raspberry puree notes at the core backed by licorice and fruitcake accents. Offers a fleshy feel, with slightly prominent toast on the finish but enough fruit to soak it up.

93 Points Decanter

From 3ha located just below La Mondotte on the higher part of the plateau, there was no frost at this estate (although they managed to select it down to 14hl/ha), and it’s showing extremely well. This is a big wine, and there’s no question that those shoulders are ripe for carrying – a linear conductor of minerality. It’s silky and persistent, with plenty of punch to the liquorice and dark chocolate. Those low yields come from careful selection, and I would have loved to taste this with just slightly higher yields and a touch more juice, but that’s quibbling. No second wine here.

2016 Chateau Pavie Decesse Reviews

(Futures Pre-Sale Price) $135.00

Available November 2019

A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

99 Points James Suckling

This has beautiful presence and finesse with lovely fruit, mineral and light walnut character. Center palate is gorgeous. Long and refined. Perhaps better than the superb 2015.

97 Points Vinous

The 2016 Chateau Pavie-Decesse is sumptuous, succulent and beautifully resonant on the palate. Plum, lavender, spice and licorice are all nicely pushed forward. Time in the glass lets the flavors gain in both brightness and focus. Round, supple and textured, the 2016 possesses exceptional balance. Silky tannins and creamy, voluptuous fruit add to the wine’s appeal.

97 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

A barrel sample, the very deep purple-black colored 2016 Pavie Decesse hits the ground running with bold scents of plum preserves, Black Forest cake and crème de cassis with hints of hoisin, Sichuan pepper, Chinese five spice and molten chocolate plus wafts of camphor and licorice. Full-bodied, very firm and wonderfully grained, with a very taut, muscular fruit profile, the palate is packed with mineral sparks and finishes on a long-lingering earthy note.

96 Points Wine Spectator

Vibrant raspberry, boysenberry and plum notes stream along, flecked with anise and floral notes and carried by a wonderfully racy and well-embedded chalky spine. Fruit-driven, but grounded in terroir.

95 Points Wine Enthusiast

This wine, from vineyards up the hill from Chateau Pavie, is perfumed with a higher proportion of Cabernets than in previous vintages. It is rich and structured, but also juicy. The tannins are spicy while the black currant fruit is crisp and refreshing.

94 Points Decanter

A Perse wine from up on the limestone plateau where the vines never suffered from dry water stress in 2016, and so this has juice, tension and depth, plus a quite amazingly low 3.43pH. Gorgeous – the best that I remember. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

2015 Chateau Pavie Decesse Reviews

98 Points Vinous

Gérard Perse’s 2015 Pavie-Decesse is just as compelling from bottle as it was from barrel, if not more so. Lifted, gracious and super-refined, the 2015 captures the richness of the year with the support of cool, mineral-driven notes from the calcaire-rich soils. Super-ripe red cherry, blood orange, rose petal and mint are some of the many notes that are woven together. In 2015, Pavie-Decesse is a wine of pure and total class. Don’t miss it!

98 Points James Suckling

Plums, berries, flowers, wet earth and rose petals. Full-bodied, deep and rich, especially on the center palate. Super silky tannins. Great length and texture. Goes on for minutes. Try in 2023.

96 Points Wine Spectator

This delivers a stunning display of raspberry ganache, boysenberry pâte de fruit and crème de cassis flavors, studded with dried anise, singed apple wood and warm fruitcake notes. A serious chalky spine strides throughout, keeping this bridled and focused. Will need some time to unfurl fully. Best from 2025 through 2040.

96 Points Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection

Almost completely Merlot, this is a rich wine but one that goes towards great elegance. The style is smooth, with soft tannins, although the wine is also fresh and almost salty with the acidity and juicy black fruits. Its tannins presage a long-term future. Drink from 2026.

95 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Located at the top of the plateau inside of Pavie and planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Pavie Decesse is a vintage blend that reflects the vineyard plantings precisely, and it has been aged in 100% new French oak barrels. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it kicks off with exuberant crushed black currants, blackberries and black forest cake notes with hints of potpourri, Indian spices, mossy bark and Sichuan pepper. The full-bodied palate reveals wonderful energy and intensity, supported by firm, grainy tannins and impressive tension, which takes the electric fruit to a very long finish.

93 Points Decanter

90% Merlot from 3.65ha. True to style: ripe, powerful and firm with marked tension but more refinement in the texture this year. One for the cellar.

2014 Chateau Pavie Decesse Reviews

A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

95 Points James Suckling

Formidable aromas of blueberries and raspberries as well as blackberries. Chalk undertones. Full-bodied, very intense and focused with salt, chalk and berry character and a savory undertone. Wonderful potential. Better in 2022.

95 Points Wine Spectator

Ripe, displaying a piercing quality, with the raspberry, plum and boysenberry notes carried by particularly racy acidity and a very fine minerality. A chalky thread adds tension on the finish. This still has some unwinding to do. Barrel Sample: 92-95

93 Points Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection

From the vineyard on the slope above Château Pavie, this is a beautiful, juicy and ripe wine. It has a mineral character with great swathes of black-currant fruit. This is a very fine wine, well delineated, ripe and with a delicious red-currant aftertaste. Drink from 2026.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2014 Pavie-Decesse has an attractive bouquet that has improved since I tasted it from barrel: notes of black cherries, cassis, a touch of kirsch and crushed violets, the new oak neatly integrated. The palate is smooth on the entry and is clearly much more approachable than the Pavie. There are still quite firm tannins beneath those layers of pure black fruit, yet it is undeniably much more harmonious than say the 2014 Monbousquet, with a lovely velvety finish that lingers in the mouth.

90 Points Decanter

A little less extreme than some years. Dense on the nose. Stays on the fruit. Suave texture and tannins. Mid-palate sweetness. Persistent. Will age. Range: 90+

2013 Chateau Pavie Decesse Reviews

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

This is an aromatic wine, with great acidity and fine black-currant fruit. An undertow of tight tannin gives it structure, although the fruit is very forward.

2012 Chateau Pavie Decesse Reviews

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

The diminutive neighbor of Château Pavie, Pavie Decesse’s wine has its own, more mineral, tight character. It is complex but fruity, with blackberries supported by wood, acidity and dense texture.

2011 Chateau Pavie Decesse Reviews

A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

This well-known estate situated on the limestone hillside above Pavie is produced from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Another brilliant offering from the Perse family, the dense opaque purple-colored 2011 reveals plenty of floral notes intermixed with super-concentrated cassis and kirsch. The chalky limestone soils provide minerality to this full-bodied, powerful, concentrated St.-Emilion. Some tannins are noticeable, but they are sweet. This 2011 should be drinkable in 3-4 years and last for 15-20.

93 Points Wine Spectator

Offers driven fruit, with intense plum sauce, blackberry confiture and blueberry paste flavors, layered together and stitched with dark mocha and tobacco notes, all backed by a long, dense, velvet-textured finish. A showy style, but everything is in place.

93 Points James Suckling

Wow. The smoky, berry, nut and ripe-fruit character is impressive in this wine. It’s full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a loads of oak on the finish. Some might find it too much, but it will come together with age. Try in 2018.

2010 Chateau Pavie Decesse Reviews

97 Points James Suckling

This is fascinating with a nutty, dried herb, spices, berry and hints of toasted character. Full body, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. This has a wonderful density of fruit and length. Amazing. Try in 2020.

96 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

A Blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, with 14.5% natural alcohol, the higher percentage of Merlot in this wine than in the Pavie gives it a stunning opulence, thickness and luxuriousness. Opaque purple, with notes of mulberry and kirsch liqueur leaning toward blacker fruits, subtle smoked meats and some lead pencil and vanillin, this is another brawny, full-bodied, yet remarkably precise and fresh style of wine despite its sensational extract and power. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30-40 years.

96 Points Wine Spectator

Hedonist alert-dense, fleshy layers of fig sauce, warm cocoa, dark currant confiture and exotic spice fill this red, which also shows plenty of grip, with a smoldering wood note on the back end.