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2011 Chateau Pavie Saint-Emilion (in double magnum)
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About Chateau Pavie

After underperforming for years, Pavie was purchased in 1998 by the hypermarché owner Gérard Perse, who invested heavily to realize the great potential of this remarkable south-facing hillside site. Today, Pavie is one of the deepest, ripest, most palate-saturating and lushly tannic wines of Bordeaux.

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2011 Chateau Pavie Saint-Emilion (in double magnum)

Producer: Chateau Pavie
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Merlot
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Saint Emilion

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90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , June 2014

Fully saturated inky purple.  Black cherry, mocha, violet, coffee and minerals on the nose, along with a strong oakiness.  Enters the mouth sweet and candied, with rich, deep flavors of dark berries and cherry, but turns increasingly austere on the back half.  Finishes very long and less tannic than the Pavie Decesse and Bellevue-Mondotte (other reds in the Perse stable), with good focus.  But here too, I wonder if the wine has enough verve and fruit to stand up to its tannic clout.  Forget about this in the cellar for the next eight years or so.

95+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.


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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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