Chateau Pavie is amongst a group of only a few original vineyards in Saint-Émilion that can trace their lineage back to the Romans. The chateau is certified Grands Crus Classés A, one of only four in all of Saint-Émilion with that honor (Ausone, Angelus and Cheval Blanc) and has developed a reputation over the years in the region as one of the estates that makes the most elegant of the Bordeaux blends.
Some of that immense success can probably be attributed to Michel Rolland, who for years has been firmed entrenched in the winemaking at Chateau Pavie. The man who is responsible for hiring him, Gérard Perse celebrated the 1998 vintage as his first since purchasing the property earlier that year.
The 1998 Chateau Pavie St. Emilion is a sophisticated treat, one that Robert Parker, Jr. himself called, “A 50 year wine” and one that boasts “a fabulous mid-palate and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute”. He gave it a 95 in 2001, but it later was bumped up to a 97 when tasted by his predecessor, Lisa Perrotti-Brown in May of 2018. She called it, “Big, rich and beautifully impactful” in her review and said the wine would continue to age wonderfully for another 25+ years! This one is just getting started!
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97 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 1998 Pavie is deep garnet-brick in color. So much fruit comes charging out of the gate here: profound crème de cassis, baked blackberries and blackberry preserves with notions of beef dripping, crushed rocks, unsmoked cigar, sandalwood and dried lavender. Big, rich and beautifully impactful, it is completely packed with taut, muscular black and blue fruit preserves, maintaining nice firm grainy tannins with layer after layer of exotic spices, meat and earth notions, finishing epically long and minerally. Should easily continue to cellar for 25+ years.
96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The first vintage for Gérard Perse, the 1998 Pavie is drinking beautifully today and offers a layered, rich, yet seamless and elegant character. Blackcurrants, new leather, tobacco, chocolate, and dried flowers characteristics all emerge from this beauty and it has sweet tannins, a flamboyant, sexy texture, and no hard edges. It’s mature yet youthful and fresh, and unquestionably has another 15-20 years of life. (12/2018)
95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate