2005 Chateau Pavie

Year: 2005
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 100
Wine Advocate: 100
Vinous Media: 94-97
Red Wine
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"I love the purity of fruit in this wine, showing perfectly ripe blackberry, blueberry and raspberry on the nose. Complex and full-bodied, with hints of new oak and wonderfully polished tannins that caress the palate. Has a long, long finish. This is not the blockbuster it was from barrel, but rather a complete, balanced and gorgeous red. Best after 2015." (WS)

"Gérard Perse believes this is the greatest Pavie he’s made to date, although certainly I would argue that list includes the 2000, as well as the 2009 and 2010, among his superstars. This wine, which I had both in the 2005 horizontal report in the Wine Advocate, and at a mini-vertical with Perse at the restaurant Maison Boulud in Montreal, looks to be a 75- to 100-year wine. Dense, opaque purple to the rim, with a gorgeously promising nose of blackberries, cassis, graphite and cedar wood just beginning to emerge, it tastes more like a three-year-old than wine that is already a decade old. This beauty is intense and full-bodied, with magnificent concentration, a majestic mouthfeel and a total seamless integration of tannin, wood, alcohol, etc. Beautifully rich, full and multidimensional, this is a tour de force in winemaking and certainly one of the top dozen or so 2005 Bordeaux. Forget it for another 3-5 years and drink it over the following 50-100 years!" (WA)

"Full deep ruby. Exotic, liqueur-like aromas of kirsch and bitter chocolate, complicated by minerals, dark chocolate, violet, mocha and a whiff of gunflinty reduction; just this side of porty. Huge, thick and densely packed, suffusing the palate with superconcentrated dark fruit, bitter chocolate and mineral flavors of extraordinary sweetness; perhaps fresher in the mouth than on the nose. The huge but lush tannins (the IPT is inappropriate for a family publication) are buried in fruit." (VM)