2015 Chateau Pavie Esprit de Pavie

Year: 2015
Appellation: Cotes de Castillon
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 88
James Suckling: 93
Jeff Leve: 87
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

"This vintage is a blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 15 months in one-year-old barrels. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Esprit de Pavie (a blend of vines in Côtes do Castillon and young vines from Pavie and Monbousquet) opens with expressive red and black plums notes plus touches of baking spices, vanilla pod, dark chocolate and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied, the bright fruit fills the mouth with plenty of spicy red and black fruits, supported by chewy tannins and finishing with a refreshing lift." (WA)

"The 2015 Esprit de Pavie is a pleasant, easygoing wine to drink now and over the next few years, while the red cherry and plum fruit is youthfully vibrant. Crushed flowers, mint, tobacco, cedar and spice add lovely aromatic nuance to this entry-level offering from Gerard Perse. " (VM)

"A juicy and rich red with blackberry and black-truffle aromas and flavors. Layered and beautifully toned. Full-bodied, round and juicy. Beautiful wine. Really well done. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Smoky cherries and licorice on the nose, medium bodied, with sweet, red fruits and dusty tannins in the finish. 1616 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016" (JL)

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.