Robert Parker has announced this week via his bulletin board that he will be publishing his mini-vertical re-scores for Angelus and Pavie next Friday. Following on from his 2005 retrospective for the 2005 vintage, this is creating a buzz around these two great St Emilion Estates. The 2005 retrospective saw Parker award Pavie 2005 a perfect 100 point score, up from 98+, confirming Pavie as a truly exceptional wine from a great vintage. Over the next week we will provide our analysis of the forthcoming mini-vertical, however today we have managed to secure a parcel of Aromes de Pavie, the second wine from the perfect scoring 2005 vintage.
The 2005 vintage was the inaugural vintage of Aromes de Pavie and Parker was immediately impressed, awarding it 90 points from barrel, besting Carruades de Lafite, Pavillon Rouge de Margaux and equalling that of Petit Mouton, which cost £2,000, £1,400 and £1,700 per case of 12 respectively. At £420 per case of 12, Aromes de Pavie looks like a steal, under the radar of the market. In fact there are no cases on the UK market, the parcel we are offering today comes straight from Bordeaux with perfect provenance.
|2005 2nd Wines||WA||Price|
|Les Aromes de Pavie||90||£420|
|Le Petit Cheval||89||£1,050|
|Pavillon Rouge du Margaux||88||£1,100|
|Les Forts de Latour||93||£1,400|
|Le Petit Mouton||90||£1,725|
|Carruades de Lafite||89||£2,000|
Pavie is a favourite of Parker, who in turn believes the quality of the first wine is reflected in their second, saying ‘it possesses some of its bigger sibling’s personality, and is capable of lasting 10-12 years…Deep ruby/purple-hued, soft, fruity, medium to full-bodied, and spicy with hints of high class cigar tobacco mixed with cassis and sweet cherries’. Aromes de Pavie 2005 was chosen largely from a storied hillside, the vine age in 2005 was 10 years and some of these have now made it into recent vintages of Pavie. As such it benefits from the wonderful terroir of the Estate, the sublime winemaking and treatment as well as the superb aspect of the vineyards which hug the town of St.Emilion itself.
Aromes de Pavie is an affordable way to enjoy the splendour of Pavie at just over 1/10th of the price; the 100 points scoring 2005 costs £3,000 a case. Moreover, Aromes de Pavie is raised in older barrels than Pavie itself, which in our opinion gives it a more brooding and reflective style than the bigger characteristics for which Pavie is sometimes criticised. At £35 pounds per bottle, Aromes de Pavie 2005 offers incredible value for money. It is also mid-way through its optimal drinking window, 2008 to 2020, and as such will provide more pleasure than Pavie 2005 does now.
Aromes de Pavie 2005, 12×75 – £420 IB or £533.52 incl VAT and duty, 90 Pts Parker
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
‘Made from the estate’s younger vines (under 10-years of age), the 2005 Les Aromes de Pavie is a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in primarily old oak for two years. Deep ruby/purple-hued, soft, fruity, medium to full-bodied, and spicy with hints of high class cigar tobacco mixed with cassis and sweet cherries, it possesses some of its bigger sibling’s personality, and is capable of lasting 10-12 years.’
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