The 2000 Pavie was tasted on two occasions. The first was from bottle at the château, where I felt it was quite sauvage and displayed more brettanomyces than I remembered. It was a peculiar showing. Then I tasted a magnum back in the UK, and this chimed more with previous bottles. Blackberry and crème de cassis feature on the nose, which is precocious and modern in style, though the new oak that once dominated this Saint-Émilion is now subsumed. The palate is full-bodied and dense, yet it does possess an alluring, silky texture. A sweet, precocious finish lingers extremely long in the mouth.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2045
This provided quite a contrast to the Margaux, being so much heavier and darker purple, though without much bouquet. The palate was very sweet, verging on porty, with rather drying tannins on the finish – playing the concentration rather than finesse card.
Anticipated maturity: 2006-2012