While 2016 and 2018 will eventually vie for the title, 2010 is broadly viewed as the greatest modern-day Bordeaux vintage. We have unearthed another small parcel of Esprit de Pavie…

While 2016 and 2018 will eventually vie for the title, 2010 is broadly viewed as the greatest modern-day Bordeaux vintage. We have unearthed another small parcel of Esprit de Pavie 2010 which replaced Aromes de Pavie as the second wine of St-Émilion First Growth Château Pavie.

It delivers the signature Pavie style in spades, showing lush, ripe fruit with a concentration and intensity that proves its heritage but belies its price tag. It’s a potent, powerful wine that will drink well for another decade.

Esprit de Pavie benefits from the work and expertise of Gérard Perse and his team and comes from the younger vines of Pavie and Monbousquet, as well as small parts of Clos L’Eglise and Sainte Colombe. It carries the humble AC Bordeaux designation but punches well above this classification, given both its winemaking pedigree and the quality of the terroir.

We have only 20 6-bottle wooden cases available at R 495 per bottle.

Tasting notes:

Esprit de Pavie, Bordeaux AOC 2010
This is a big wine with a black core and a rich, purple rim. The nose is radically intense with ripe cassis, plums and a touch of fruitcake. The palate is full-bodied, richly textured and deeply concentrated, finishing with notes of liquorice, spice and touches of chocolate. It is extremely long and fine. Composed of 70% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, it was matured in seasoned oak and is already starting to reach its maximum pleasure level. Drink through to 2035. – Roland Peens

 

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