My final full day of tasting 2016 Bordeaux during en primeur week culminated just at it should have, two hours at Chateau Pavie.
Approaching the Pavie hills – their historic coteaux rising steeply behind the white-washed stone Chateau – the sky a deep blue, not a cloud to be witnessed, a sense of something very special came over me.
I’d heard from other professionals during the week that the subtle changes at Pavie had returned the most profound wine; not just that Pavie had ever bottled, but quite possibly of the 2016 vintage. As I made my way up the majestic, “Gone with the Wind” staircase to the open air tasting room, you could have heard a pin drop.
Though many were in attendance, there was a reverence in that space that day.
This was my 8th version of Pavie. This was the first time I have ever been so moved.
To say the Pavie terroir spoke through the wine is the understatement of the vintage. There has never been such a profound Pavie.
Wine of the vintage? Certainly better than a few of the Premier Crus.
Unquestionably among the top 3 of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage.