chateau pavie decesse grand cru classe, saint-emilion grand cru 2010
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96
JAMES SUCKLING
96

2010 chateau pavie decesse grand cru classe, saint-emilion grand cru

Why We're Buying

Château Pavie-Decesse and Château Pavie have the same owners, but the wines remain as distinctive as ever. Why? The terroir. Château Pavie-Decesse sits on a limestone plateau mixed with clay and contains 90% merlot. The result is a Saint-Émilion grand cru classé wine that more than lives up to its classification.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A Blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, with 14.5% natural alcohol, the higher percentage of Merlot in this wine than in the Pavie gives it a stunning opulence, thickness and luxuriousness. Opaque purple, with notes of mulberry and kirsch liqueur leaning toward blacker fruits, subtle smoked meats and some lead pencil and vanillin, this is another brawny, full-bodied, yet remarkably precise and fresh style of wine despite its sensational extract and power. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30-40 years. This vineyard has shrunk, as part of it was incorporated into its more famous sibling, Chateau Pavie. It is now 8.5 acres sitting slightly higher on the slope above Pavie.

JAMES SUCKLING
96

James Suckling

This is so bright and beautiful with lovely aromas of dark fruits and flowers. Full and silky yet fresh and bright. Complex.

WINE SPECTATOR
96

Wine Spectator

Hedonist alert-dense, fleshy layers of fig sauce, warm cocoa, dark currant confiture and exotic spice fill this red, which also shows plenty of grip, with a smoldering wood note on the back end.