2020 - Ch Pavie Decesse Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pavie Decesse
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2029 - 2052
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH PAVIE DECESSE GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pavie Decesse
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2029 - 2052
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £498.00
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    The 2020 Pavie Decesse was picked on September 23, the same day as Perse’s Bellevue-Mondotte, at just 17hl/ha, and matured in 80% new oak, the final blend to be made at bottling. This is rich and opulent on the nose, which delivers intense black cherries, raspberry coulis, blueberry and blood orange scents; the new oak is quite prominent. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, though I find this more nuanced and delineated compared to the Bellevue-Mondotte. More terroir is articulated toward the persistent finish, which displays subtle black pepper and clove notes. This actually challenges Pavie for my affections. Drink 2028 - 2055

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 95-97

    The 2020 Pavie Decesse is a blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, aging in French oak barrels, 80% new. It has an alcohol of 14.81% and a pH of 3.52. Deep purple-black colored, notions of baked blackberries, preserved plums and black cherry compote come barreling out of the glass, followed by suggestions of dark chocolate, licorice and Indian spices, with a fragrant hint of lavender. The medium to full-bodied palate is jam-packed with rich, spicy black fruits, supported by firm yet beautifully plush tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long with lots of emerging earthy nuances. Drink 2026-2052

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 95

    Balanced, sleek and poised, plenty of character, a real push and pull, it expands and contracts, the oak is well masked and there is a sense of energy. This is an enjoyable wine, easy to recommend, but I think this may be the first vintage where I have thought that its sibling Pavie is a clear step up. 80% new oak, 3.53pH, from up on the limestone plateau. A yield of 17hl/ha. Drink 2026-2042

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    The 2020 Pavie-Decesse is compelling. Silky and voluptuous, it opens with a rush of inky red/purplish fruit, rose petal, lavender, spice and mocha. There is terrific brightness and plenty of energy, but the luxuriousness of the fruit wins the day. I imagine the 2020 will drink well with only a few years in bottle. Drink 2030 - 2050

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 95-97

    Aromas of blackberry, flowers, licorice, plum and dark chocolate come to the surface easily. On the palate the wine is soft, silky, polished and fresh, with the cut of minerality and salty tannins. You find length, complexity, richness and sensuous textured in the long finish. Make sure you give this 7-9 years to develop. The wine is produced from 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, 14.81% ABV.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 17

    Deep colour. Subdued nose but clearly has an intensity of (dark) fruit. Pure and juicy on attack, the fruit persisting through the palate. Fine-grained tannins behind. Tension and minerality as well but plenty of charm this year. (JL) 14.8% Drink 2027 – 2040

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    A blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Château Pavie Decesse comes from the upper plateau, just above Château Pavie, and the soils here are more limestone based, with just a thin layer of clay over the bedrock, which tends to produce a more elegant, ethereal wine. Nevertheless, this brings serious richness and depth as well as full-bodied aromas and flavors of black cherries, currants, bouquet garni, crushed violets, and chalky minerality. Just stunning in every way, it has an expansive texture, the classic purity and elegance this cuvée always shows, and a monster of a finish.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 18+

    This is a fairly quiet Pavie and it looks like the oak is in balance, if a little resinous, and the tannins are fine and ordered, but I was hoping for a little bit more fruit expression. I am sure that the gates will open and the fruit will flood out, given time, but for now, this is an introverted Pavie with an elevated alcohol level but little juiciness to show for it. But fear not, while this is not a great vintage it is certainly a good one and if you have the patience Pavie will turn a corner.

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Producer

Château Pavie Decesse

Purchased by ex-champion cyclist Gérard Perse (also owner of Monbouquet and later Pavie) this small (3.65 hectare), Merlot dominated vineyard lies higher up, on the crest of the hill, above its more famous sibling, Château Pavie.It is easy to differentiate Château Pavie Decesse from Châeau Pavie, despite the two undergoing very similar vinification, due to the high levels of Merlot in the Pavie Decesse blend. Pavie Decesse is planted on clay/limestone soil, vine varietals are 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and has an average vine age of 43 years. A draconian green harvest is carried out, and the grapes are hand picked before fermentation in temperature controlled wooden vats - under the instruction of Michel Rolland. The wine undergoes eighteen to twenty months ageing in 100% new oak.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.