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1990 Château Pavie (750ml)
Producer: Château Pavie chateaupavie.com
Appellation: Saint Émilion Grand Cru - Libournais - France (1er Grand Cru Classé B)
Type: red
Varietal: Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Cabernet Sauvignon
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$270.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: May 5, 2007 , from a member
"1990: Similar to the 1989 on the nose, but with a hint, an appealing hint, of an earthy, brett-like component. Perhaps not as dense and concentrated as the ’89, but also not quite as tannic or acidic. This wine opened up in the glass more than most and allowed the fruit to peek through. Balanced and delicious. "
rated: April 26, 2008 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
92 points "Feb 1997 - I am an admirer of proprietor Valette, so it has given me no pleasure to write so-so reviews for recent Pavie vintages. I was pleased in this blind tasting to see how strongly both the 1989 and 1990 Pavies performed. Both slightly eclipsed my scores given immediately after bottling. The impressive 1990 Pavie exhibits a deeper, more saturated ruby/garnet color, as well as a sweeter, more expressive bouquet of truffles, Asian spices, black-cherries, and smoked herbs. Full-bodied and powerful, with a meaty, beef blood-like richness, this backward, intense, deep, concentrated, muscular St.-Emilion needs 3-4 more years of cellaring; it should age well through 2018. June 1992 - One of Bordeaux's unmistakable nice guys, Jean-Paul Valette, has fashioned an extremely impressive effort. The 1990 Pavie is densely colored, with a reticent, but emerging bouquet of black- cherries, herbs, and oak. In the mouth, the wine is a classic vin de garde, with at least 25-30 years of aging potential. Unmistakable power is accompanied by fine extract, and the wine's balance is impeccable. It will be interesting to compare this top notch effort with Pavie's other successes during the decade of the eighties. " Best 2000-2018