Chateau Pavie Decesse 2009
Web Price: $277.00
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.
Pavie 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 2009 Pavie Decesse is a superb effort from this small producer. Not much more than 500 cases were made, and the wine is exceptionally rich and well made, with precise aromas and flavours of currants, spiced bread, among other flavours. The wine has tons of fruit in reserve and should develop well for another couple of decades, but is also drinking well now. Wine Spectator gave this wine 96 points.
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