Chateau Pavie Decesse 2008
Web Price: $214.00
Until 1855, both Chateau Pavie and Chateau Pavie Decesse were part of the same vineyard. Chateau Pavie got the lion's share of the land, and, it seems, most of the reputation. Pave Decesse, though, which produces up to 1,000 cases (in total) in a good vintage, has been making up for lost time lately, earning accolades of its own.
The vineyard is at the top of the St. Emillion plateau, above Pavie, The soil is clay and limestone based, and Pavie Decesse is planted 90% to Merlot and 10% to Cabernet Franc. This is usually a muscular wine, which might be a bit surprising given the amount of Merlot in the blend.
The 2008 Pavie Decesse is a superb effort from this small producer. Fewer than 700 cases were made. Wine Spectator gave the wine 92 points and said: "This is exotic and ambitious, with tiers of anise, violet, roasted fig, melted licorice and racy graphite offset by lush spice and blackberry confiture notes. The powerful finish lets everything play out with excellent definition. Unabashedly modern. Best from 2013 through 2021."
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