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.”
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.
Chateau Pavie Saint-Emilion 2010 is truly profound. Everything is in place – remarkable concentration and a beautiful nose of cedar and ripe blackcurrant and blackberry with some kirsch and spice box in the background. Lavishly rich, with slightly more structure and delineation than the more Rabelaisian 2009, this wine does show some serious tannins in the finish, and comes across as incredibly youthful. This wine is set for a long, long life and should be forgotten for at least another decade. Consume it over the following 75 or more years.