Learn everything about Chateau Saint Georges CotePavie St. Emilion with wine tasting notes, wine, and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles
Chateau Saint Georges CotePavie History, Overview
The vineyards are located not far from the village of Saint Emilion. In fact, Chateau Saint Georges Cote-Pavie has some very good neighbors. The vineyards are well situated, not all that far from Chateau Pavie or Chateau La Gaffeliere, just below the village.
In fact a small portion of their vineyard, .5 hectares abuts that of Chateau Ausone. Chateau Saint Georges-Cote Pavie was consulted on their wine by Alain Vauthier. If you did not know, Alain Vauthier is the owner of Chateau Ausone.
The 2009 Bordeaux vintage of St. Georges-Cote Pavie shows a marked improvement over previous vintages. Starting with the 2016 vintage, things changed for the better at the property when they brought in Stephane Derenoncourt and his team to help with the vineyard management and winemaking.
A planned, complete renovation of their cellars is in the works as well. With these big changes, it will be interesting to see how things continue to develop at the Right Bank estate.
Chateau St. Georges CotePavie Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 5.5 hectare Saint Emilion vineyard is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. This marks a change in the vineyard makeup. Previously, there was up to 11% Cabernet Sauvignon planted in the vineyard, but those vines have since been removed. The terroir is limestone and clay soils.
The vines are on average between 25 to 30 years of age. The vines are planted in 3 main blocks, with parcels adjacent to Chateau Pavie, close to Chateau La Gaffeliere, and a small, coveted parcel on the plateau, not far from Chateau Ausone. The vineyard is planted to a density that ranges from 5,000-6,000 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau Saint Georges-Cote Pavie, vinification takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels.
The Best Vintages of Chateau Saint Georges-Cote Pavie are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010 and 2009.
There is a second wine, Cote Madeleine, which takes its name from its location on the Cote Madeleine. On average, between 2,000 and 2,500 cases of Chateau St. Georges-Cote Pavie are produced each year. Starting with the 2018 vintage, the estate added a new wine to their portfolio, Clos 1873. The 100% Merlot wine comes from a specific .5-hectare parcel not far from Chateau Ausone that was previously included in the Grand Vin for Saint Georges Cote Pavie. Clos 1873 is produced in its own cellar, which is located in a garage next to the vineyard.
When to Drink Chateau Saint Georges-Cote Pavie, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Saint Georges Cote Pavie is better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.
Chateau Saint Georges Cote Pavie is best enjoyed in the first 4-12 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Serving Chateau Saint Georges Cote Pavie, with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Saint Georges Cote Pavie is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau St. Georges Cote Pavie is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Saint Georges Cote Pavie is also good when matched with Asian dishes, and rich fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms, and pasta.
Château Saint-Georges Côte Pavie Wine Tasting Notes
11 Vintages 33,362 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
Flowers, black, red, and blue fruits, espresso and crushed stones create the perfume. The wine is medium-bodied, vibrant, soft, fresh, and with a nice, purity of fruits, silky tannins, and sweet, red pit fruits in the spicy, finish. Drink from 2026-2040. 92-94 Pts.
1,831 Views Tasted May 8, 2023
Deep in color, this full-bodied, rich, opulent, velvety-textured wine hits all the right notes. There is length, supple, sensuous tannins and layers of perfectly ripe, mineral-driven dark red fruits and spice. This is a huge step here from this estate. 92-94 Pts
2,232 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
Much better in the bottle than it was from the barrel, the wine pops with nuances of flowers, licorice, espresso bean, black cherry and black plum. Rich, round, soft, and polished, the finish is loaded with silky textured fruits with a nice touch of salty-minerality on the finish. Drink from 2023-2034.
838 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2022
Open, forward and medium-bodied, this will deliver pleasure with not much aging, allowing you to savor the plums, earthy minerality, licorice and underbrush tones on the nose and in the finish. 88-90 Pts
3,135 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
Medium-bodied, soft, fresh and with a core of ripe, sweet red berries and leafy herbs on the nose and palate. You can drink this on release or age it a bit for more complexity.
1,382 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Forward, medium bodied, ripe and fresh, the red fruits are soft, easy to like and full of juice. You can drink this on release. 88-90 Pts
2,055 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
Medium bodied with elements of smoke, licorice, red fruits and coffee bean, the wine is soft, sweet and approachable. You should drink this in its first decade of life.
1,543 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
Medium bodied, elegant, soft and supple, the wine is a forward, early drinker with a focus on the red fruit side of the style range.
2,241 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Medium bodied with fresh, sweet, red and dark red fruits with freshness and soft textures. The wine is a forward, early drinker with a focus on the dark, red fruit side of the style range.
1,616 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
Forward, earthy, medium bodied, soft, plummy wine with accents of herbs, citrus and stone. You can drink this on the young side.
2,426 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Forward, soft, light to medium bodied, fresh, earthy, early drinking charmer that will show its best in its first decade of life.
2,607 Views Tasted Jan 7, 2019
Medium bodied, bright and slightly austere, there is a distinct herb and olive note, along with the crisp, red plums in the finish. This is not a wine for aging.
2,330 Views Tasted Mar 4, 2017
With more spicy, red berries and licorice than black fruit, this medium bodied, straight forward, bright wine might soften in a few years.
3,416 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2014
This is a nice, well priced St. Emilion wine with ripe, red and black fruits, stone, fennel and black cherry jam notes. Smooth, soft and forward, this is fun to drink now and probably over the next decade.
5,710 Views Tasted Sep 9, 2012