Chateau Pavie, the larger portion (42 hectares) of the old Pavie estate (the smaller portion is now Chateau Pavie Decesse), is one of the stars of St. Emillion, having been elevated to Premier Grand Cru Classe A in 2012. The wine has an outstanding reputation, and, given the demand for the wine, often, prices to match!
The vineyard is planted 70% to Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon (note that Pavie Decesse has no Cabernet Sauvignon). Hugh Johnson describes the wine as "New-age St. Emillion: intense, oaky; strong." Sounds good to us.
The 2005 vintage of Chateau Pavie may just be the complete wine. Gorgeous, racy, complex, full-bodied, polished, sleek, and more, offering up berry fruits by the gallon. Good now, but will live for a few decades yet. Robert Parker gave the 2005 Pavie 98 points (!), while Wine Spectator gave it 100 points. Either way, another one of the wines of the vintage, in what was an excellent vintage.