Chateau Pavie 1982 St. Emilion
5/96. Bought in London Mar-96 for $60 net.
Our first wine since we returned from France. Tonight, with a simple but tasty Friday
night dinner. Chicken soup, marinated fillet steak and an assortment of cheese we brought
from France: Epoisse, Reblochon, Pont Leveque, Tomette de Savoie and a 12-months Comte.
This is my first Pavie, so not much reference to go by.
COLOR: Deep violet red, hardly thinning towards the rim.
NOSE: Enticing floral bouquet, with subdued red forest fruits and hints of truffles. No
discernable 'Bordeaux Nose' (i.e tobacco, pencil-tip or cedar).
TASTE: At first dominated by strong tannins. In a short while, tannins gave way to a
lovely sweetish and concentrated raspberry flavors, engulfed by a taste of roasted
almonds. Extremely tasty wine throughout.
LENGTH: Very long and strong finish that doesn't seem to die...
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Full bodied but not heady. Excellent structure and fine balance
between the ample fruit and the tannins.
OVERALL: A superb wine, complex and full of zest but very pleasant to drink. Will get
even better in a few years when the strong tannins will soften up.
MARK: 18/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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