The 2008 Pavie has a sweet, candied bouquet with high-toned, glossy black cherry and creme de cassis fruit that rather betrays the exceptional terroir. The palate is very ripe and concentrated with intense black fruit, almost viscous in texture with a concentrated finish that just feels more like winemaking intent than terroir for me. I think Gerard Perse and his team are crafting far better Pavies today. (Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits annual 10-Year On tasting.)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028
Robert Parker 94
A slightly more compact style of Pavie in this vintage, but still full-bodied, the 2008 has a youthful, dense purple color and is seriously endowed with concentrated, rich fruit, licorice, graphite, forest floor, and loads of dark plum and black and red currant fruit. This wine still has some tannins to resolve, and should be cellared for another 4-5 years. Drink over the following two decades.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2040
Very impressive depth of colour – glamorously polished dark purple. Obvious oak on the nose. Very sickly and exaggerated. Too ripe. Not enough natural freshness. Green on the finish. Painful to taste now.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2025