The 2009 Pavie has a very sweet bouquet with candied black cherries, camphor, liquorice and orange blossom aromas, quite attractive in many ways although just a little static compared directly with the 2009 Angélus. The delineation is impressive for the vintage. The palate is full-bodied and decadent as you would expect, although there is balance and good grip. Quite dense with liquorice infused black fruit towards the finish. It is not a 100-point wine, not even close, but it is turning into a very fine Saint-Émilion.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045
Robert Parker 100
Deep garnet in color, the 2009 Pavie drifts effortlessly and profoundly from the glass with baked plums, spice cake, sandalwood, Black Forest cake and blueberry pie scents followed up with a fragrant undercurrent of potpourri, unsmoked cigars and bouquet garni. Full-bodied, rich and plush, this is pure seduction in the mouth, offering a taut yet velvety texture and oodles of freshness to frame the opulent fruit, finishing very long and mineral laced.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2059
Tasted blind. Blackish crimson and really coated the inside of the glass. Dramatic-looking. Slightly cheesy and dusty on the nose. Big and bold and rather a divisive wine, I would have thought. Napa-esque in terms of dimension. Dry, grainy finish with lots of alcohol. Not that well balanced.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2037