2017 aromes de pavie, saint-emilion grand cru
Why We're Buying
Few wines have risen in value as steadily as Château Pavis Les Aromes de Pavie. The estate's second wine returned 50.7% on investment from 2017 to 2021, appreciating each of those years. The wine comes with a deep, almost-purplish hue and a jammy core that make it a modern classic among Bordeaux red blends.
From a terroir located on the plateau of Saint-Emilion, as well as the younger vines of Pavie, the 2017 Pavie Arômes de Pavie (mostly Merlot with roughly 20% of Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a blockbuster effort that readers should snatch up. Rounded, opulent, and concentrated, with terrific notes of cassis, flowers, and violets, it packs ample fruit and texture, yet stays elegant and seamless. It's a big step up from the Esprit de Pavie and has real depth and richness.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There was no frost in this vineyard in 2017, due to its elevation. Blended of 65% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon from the young vines of Pavie, the 2017 Arômes de Pavie is very deep purple-black in color with an incredibly open, spicy nose with a core of baked plums, blackberry pie and dark chocolate with touches of potpourri, black olives and Indian spices plus a waft of damp soil. Full-bodied, firm and velvety, it's packed with black fruits and spice layers, finishing long and opulent.
The 2017 Arômes de Pavie includes four hectares on the plateau that was used in the Grand Vin (a change incepted with the 2015 vintage.) This vintage is matured in 50% new oak whereas previous vintages were aged in used barrel barrels only. It has an attractive ripe blackberry and brine-tinged bouquet that is nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, rather dense for a second vinwith slightly chalky tannin with a grippy finish with quite a bit of wood tannin on the aftertaste.
This would be a good grand vin for many estates; big, even, particularly in 2017. Tight, intense fruit aromas impress with their power but struggle to maintain momentum, and the flavors of pure cassis, liquorice, dark chocolate and some lovely spice notes don't quite extend through to the close of play . They are now using 4ha of Cabernet Franc from the limestone plateau that was used in Pavia until 2015. 50% new oak. Yield 22hl / ha.
Very perfumed, this wine has a good percentage of Cabernet Franc to give both richness and structure to the generous Merlot core. It is a beautiful wine, rich while also very sophisticated. Made to age quickly, it will be ready from 2022.
Warm, dark fig and blackberry compote flavors lead off here, backed by melted licorice notes and a solid shot of roasted apple wood on the finish. A youthful jumble today, but the pieces are there.