2010 Chateau Pavie Esprit de Pavie

Year: 2010
Appellation: Cotes de Castillon
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 87
James Suckling: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$19.95

ONE GREAT BORDEAUX BARGAIN!!

70% merlot, 30% cabernet franc

"Offers chocolate-coated plum and blackberry fruit, with an honest dose of charcoal on the finish. Direct and solid. Drink now through 2014. 15,000 cases made.–JM " (WS)

"Lots of dark-chocolate and berry character. Currants, too. Full body with silky tannins and a clean finish. A stylish blend from the owner of Chateau Pavie, Gérard Perse. Second year made. 65% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 15% cabernet sauvignon. Needs a year or two to soften." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Already the owner of the renowned Pavie, Pavie-Decesse, Monbousquet and Bellevue-Mondotte estates, Gérard Perse has now created "Esprit de Pavie", bearing the Bordeaux appellation.

Esprit de Pavie comes from a great diversity of terroirs situated on the south-facing slopes of the Dordogne valley, which can be characterized by three types of soil:
- sandy-gravely foothills
- clay hillsides
- clay limestone plateau

Alcoholic fermentation begins naturally in temperature-controlled tanks. After several weeks of vatting, malolactic fermentation is made in tank. The wines are aged during 15 months in barrels which have already been used once for Château Pavie and Château Monbousquet.

Esprit de Pavie enjoys the same care and attention in winemaking as its illustrious siblings to ensure each bottle's high level quality.