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Château Pavie Decesse

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2018 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

The espresso, black and blue fruit, smoke and licorice join forces with the essence of the limestone soils with salty minerality. The wine is powerful, concentrated, dense, balanced, opulent and long. The finish serves up waves of fruit, crushed rock and licorice. This demands time, least 8-10 years before it will be close to peak. The wine is made from blending 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 95-97 Pts

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2017 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Dark, dusky fruits drenched in pastis, the powdered remains of star anise and a pot of homemade jam create this attention-seeking perfume. Plush, powerful and concentrated, the fruit is ripe, sweet and has a jazz movement on the backend. The finish is fresh, fruity and piquant. Made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.53.

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2016 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Opulent, rich, ripe and already allowing some of its floral, licorice, dark cherry and smoky plums to poke through, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated and will request 7-8 years in the cellar, or more, before its fully developed.

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Smooth, pulpy, pure fruits on the rocks, ripe and polished, the wine is rich, lush, fresh and pure. The long finish is packed with juicy fruits and minerality.

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2015 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

Deep in color, the wine is concentrated, full bodied and intense, with lush, opulent, length and persistence. The black and blue polished fruits create a decadent finish that offers a strong sense of minerality with a blast of fruit that keeps on going. Patience is required here.

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Like its big sister wines, this is dark ruby in color with stone, boysenberry, licorice and floral scents. The wine is deep, concentrated and lushly textured, ending with crushed rocks and dark red fruits.

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2014 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Black and blue fruit, oak, cherries and spice, this wine is sumptuous and full bodied with a fresh, pure cherry and plum sensation in a silky finish. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and reached 13.74% alcohol with a pH of 3.53. 91-93 Pts

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2013 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Fleshy with notes of black raspberry, plum, spice and espresso, the wine has good concentration of dark chocolate and fruit but with some dryness in the mineral-driven finish. From yields of 8 hectoliters per hectare, the wine reached 13.23% alcohol and is aging in 80% new French oak. 90-92 Pts

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2012 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Licorice, spice, earth, plum, black cherry and stone notes are made more interesting by the soft, sexy, plush textures, polished tannins and the long, spicy, silky finish. 92-94 Pts

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2011 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Minerality, smoke, licorice and sweet, black raspberries are at the front of the wine. The polished, soft fruit is complicated by licorice and spice notes in the finish.

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Blackberry liqueur, mocha, stone, chocolate, floral, coffee and truffle scents create the perfume of this inky black/purple wine. Dense and concentrated, the wine is very tannic and leaves a strong mineral sensation along with a wealth of ripe fruit. This will require time to soften. Pavie Decesse was one of the last wines to finish harvesting in St. Emilion in 2011. 92-93 Pts

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2010 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Black and blue fruit, licorice, flowers, black cherries and stone make up the perfume. The soft, textured wine feels like silk in the opulent, fresh, ripe, black red fruit filled finish. 94-95 Pts

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2009 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

Deep in color, lush, round, silky and focused on multiple levels of fruits, the wine is concentrated, deep and intense, leaving you with an array of polished, mineral driven fruits in the finish. Still young, give this more time to develop.

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Inky in color with deep purple accents and a powerful nose filled with licorice, flowers, minerality, jammy blackberry, blueberry and spicy, coffee. In the mouth, this thick, intense, rich wine coats your palate with a bath of ripe, jammy berries and hints of fresh blueberry. This is a very sexy St. Emilion wine

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2009 Pavie Decesse is inky. Jammy black fruit, plum, licorice, mineral, and dark cherry aromas fill your nose. This sexy wine is sweet, ripe, and lush, ending with a blast of licorice coated dark berries. 95-97 Pts

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2008 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Secondary notes of truffle, smoke, anise and dried fruits are already starting to appear, The wine is soft, silky, polished and fresh with juicy, sweet, luscious, ripe red plums and stone in the finish,

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08 Château Pavie Decesse will be difficult to find because fewer than 500 cases were produced. A blend of 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc from soils packed with limestone, this wine serves up aromatics of sweet, jammy black fruit, flowers, boysenberry, coffee, and minerals. Dense and concentrated with layers of opulent ripe fruit that coat your palate. The tannins are ripe, and the finish is long. 93-96 Pts

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2006 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Still youthful, with its floral, stone and sweet, ripe, dark red fruit character still in full force. The wine is coming around, but there is a firmness in the tannins that demand you give this wine between 5-10 more years of flavor development.

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Tannic, structured and firm, this normally, sensuously textured wine is more interesting on the nose than the palate with its earthy, espresso, cocoa, black plum, spice and stone aromatics. This is going to need to soften, and even then it might not compete with many of the more generous years.

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2005 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Even with 2 hours of air, this was quite tight and not giving much. With effort, you could find the licorice and ripe, fruits, but that was well buried and still resting, waiting to wake-up. Concentrated and plush, I'd wait at least 5 more years for this to come around before popping a cork. The 2000 I had a few days earlier was just a beauty and showing itself with ease. If everything comes together as hoped for, this should score much higher.

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Truffle, earth, Porcini mushroom, stone and black fruit aromas create the primal aromatics. On the palate the wine is rich, full bodied, concentrated and tannic, demanding time in the cellar before the tannins subside and come completely together. It’s going to be worth the wait.

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From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this inky colored wine screams with licorice, vanilla, plum liqueur, blackberry, chocolate, floral and mineral scents. Layers of decadent silk and velvet textured, plush, low acid, ripe fruit finish with an opulent, fleshy, licorice, coffee and black cherry filled finish. This is so delicious, it's easy to drink today. But bottle age will add a lot of complexity and minerality to the wine.

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2004 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

The wine seems to have developed quite rapidly over the past few years. The oak and tannins have melted into the wine, giving you loads of sweet, ripe, black cherry, plum, licorice and earth. Soft, round and open, the finish delivers its soft, sweet, dark red fruits with ease. Given how open this is today, I'd opt to finish my remaining bottles by the time the wine hits its 20th birthday.

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Youthful, fleshy, ripe, lush and round, there is ample, sweet, dark berries, licorice, truffle and smoke, coupled with black cherry liqueur in the finish to please most palates.

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Inky black in color, the wine offers a cornucopia of fragrances; licorice, coffee, smoke, jammy blackberry, black cherry liqueur, cocoa and minerality with hints of blueberries. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this opulent, decadent, hedonistic St. Emilion coats your palate with layers of rich, ripe, sweet, dark fruits. Still young, this will only get better with time.

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2003 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Oak, licorice, coffee and jammy berries open to a lush, plush, polished, sensuous wine that is close to maturity, yet there is no real hurry to drink it.

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Fresh flowers, crushed stone, mint, espresso and dark berry aromas lead to a mineral driven wine, finesse styled, medium/full bodied wine with a tannic structure that will take a decade or more to come around.

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Licorice, black and red plum, espresso, stone, spice and cocoa scents paired well with the round textures and plush, oaky, dark berry filled finish. There was a moderate sensation of dryness in the finish from the tannins that might not dissipate with time.

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2001 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

If you're into licorice, chocolate covered black raspberries, truffles, opulent, sexy textures and a flashy, fleshy, plush finish that is drinking perfectly today, look no further as this is a beauty. If your tastes are more traditional, this is not for you.

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Smoke, coconut, licorice, black and blue fruit, spice and minerality pair perfectly with the soft textured, layers of rich, ripe, fruit. This is drinking great now, although with a few more years, the wine should develop additional layers of complexity in the nose and continue to soften in the palate. Popped and poured, this is providing a lot of pleasure today. If you have more than a bottle or two, there is no reason to wait before pulling a cork.

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Licorice, blackberry jam, blueberry, smoke, minerality, incense, coffee, black cherry liqueur and cocoa. Thick, rich and luxurious, this opulently textured, sweet, plush ripe St. Emilion wine flows over your palate, ending with layers of chocolate covered cherries and blueberries. The perfect wine for hedonistic pleasure seekers.

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The wine starts off with stewed fresh, dark berry pie aromatics, spice, smoke and licorice aromas. Ripe and filled with silky fresh berries, this concentrated wine ends with a finesse filled, plum, blackberry, chocolate and licorice finish

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2000 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

Coffee, spice, licorice and fresh, sweet, ripe jammy plums, cocoa and stone open to plush, opulent layers of polished berries, sexy textures and a long, hedonistic finish. Drink this now, or wait, it’s a fabulous wine.

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Filled with licorice, smoke, fresh blackberry jam, black cherry liqueur, truffle, stone and coffee bean scents, this rich, lush, sexy, polished St. Emilion wine ends with layers of ripe, opulent, black cherry, plum and dark chocolate. This is starting to drink well. Enjoy it now, or let it improve for another 3-5 years.

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Supple, rich, round, ripe, opulent and if that wasn't enough, pure silk. Fresh flowers, chocolate covered berries, anise and hints of blue fruit filled the glass. The decadent mouth feel was worth the price of admission. Still young, this elegant Bordeaux wine will only get better.

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Inky black in color. After a light swirl, the nose went boom! An explosion of liqueur of blackberry, accompanied by minerals, plums, flowers, black cherry and fennel are exciting to smell. Incredible concentration, depth and body. This wine is very rich. Decadent in style is the perfect descriptor. This is a definitely bottled sex.

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Coffee, licorice, boysenberry, smoke and mocha make up the flamboyant perfume. Thick, rich, full bodiedm, packed and stacked with luscious fruit. Ripe, opulent, fleshy boysenberry, blackberry and dark cherry flavors coat your mouth. Very intense, long, silky finish.

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1998 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Ripe black fruit with minor hints of oak greet your nose. The elegant fruit offers plush mouth sensations giving you ample pleasure. But it lacks the same level of concentration experienced in subsequent vintages starting with 2000.

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Sexy, lush, silky and round in style, this ripe, tasty wine lacks the concentration and finesse of the wines produced at the property starting with the 2000 vintage.

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1961 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 83

Past its expiration, there were still things to like about this wine from a by-gone era. More tart than sweet, with leafy, herbal, cedar notes, this old-school wine offered bright, spicy, and just a little bit of green notes in the rustic, but pleasant finish.

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