1995 Pavie (reportedly unchaptalized): Medium color. Cherry fruit suppressed by high-toned wood; notes of minerals and shellac. Fruity and fresh but on the lean side, with spicy black fruit flavor and a stony edge. A rather restrained, dryer style of Bordeaux with a structure and shape more typical of the left bank. Finishes with firm, slightly dry tannins.
Robert Parker 78
Medium plum/ruby in color, with a distinctive peppery, leafy, spicy nose with vague hints of red cherry and currant fruit, this is a rigid, austere wine with an angular personality and severe tannin. There is some ripe fruit on the attack, but that is quickly dominated by the wine’s structural components. This may turn out to be a pleasant wine, but my best guess is that it will dry out. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2010.
Anticipated maturity: 2000-2010
Very ripe biscuity nose. Unusual. Rather sickly perfume. Lots of acidity – out of balance. Not enough fruity charm in the middle. Very drying on the finish. Astringent – which it shouldn’t be at 10 years old. [From the closing years of the Valette era]