Chateau Pavie 2003, 93 points

2003 Chateau Pavie

(France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Emilion Grand Cru)

From Jon Butcher

The 2003 Pavie St. Emillion was one of the most enjoyable wine experiences I’ve had in a long, long time.

At the outset, I’ll admit, there was a complex brew of sensory input at work here… Sitting across from my smokin’ hot wife next to the fire place in our gorgeous living room, enjoying a beautiful meal of grilled lamb served on a “warm salad” of gnocchi and garden vegetables in a reduction sauce composed of veal jus, red wine, thyme and mustard… And all the while, savoring this classic Bordeaux… It’s a bit difficult to separate the “pleasurable whole” into it’s component parts…

But this IS a wine review after all, so I’ll get on with it.

This French beauty transformed over the course of the evening from deep, intense red fruits at the beginning of the meal; cherry, strawberry, cranberries… To ripe black fruits and dark chocolate by the time we adjourned into the AV room for desert…

As it opened up, it got darker, earthier, more complex and more profound. The 60+ second finish was perfectly balanced with black fruit, graphite, tobacco and chocolate.

By the last splash, if you close your eyes and imagine chocolate covered black cherries dripping out of a Reidle glass into your mouth, you’ll be in the ballpark of what we experienced. :-)

Though the wine was just GORGEOUS, I’m aware that I opened this bottle a little early. Give it another 5 years and it will rock your face off.

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