JEB DUNNUCK (JEB DUNNUCK) : 90-93 / 100
From a terroir located on the plateau of Saint-Emilion, as well as the younger vines of Pavie, the 2017 Pavie Arômes de Pavie (mostly Merlot with roughly 20% of Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a blockbuster effort that readers should snatch up. Rounded, opulent, and concentrated, with terrific notes of cassis, flowers, and violets, it packs ample fruit and texture, yet stays elegant and seamless. It’s a big step up from the Esprit de Pavie and has real depth and richness.
VINIFERA (JACQUES PERRIN) : 91 / 100
Boisé luxueux, exubérance du fruit, au nez comme en bouche. Le vin est ample, ambitieux, gras et plutôt riche, encore sur l’élevage mais dynamique.
VINOUS (ANTONIO GALLONI) : 89-92 / 100
The 2017 Arômes de Pavie is terrific. Rich, pliant and generous on the palate, the 2017 has a lot to offer. Hints of rose petal, lavender and spice add top notes to the bold, luscious fruit. There is quite a bit to like in the second wine of Pavie.
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER (JEFF LEVE) : 89-91 / 100
With a distinct resemblance to its big brother, this second wine of Pavie reveals structure, ripe fruits and spice. You’ll find olives, plums and herbs emanating from the back end of this medium-bodied, approachable wine. This will be ready to drink upon release.
VINOUS (NEAL MARTIN) : 87-89 / 100
The 2017 Arômes de Pavie includes four hectares on the plateau that was used in the Grand Vin (a change incepted with the 2015 vintage.) This vintage is matured in 50% new oak whereas previous vintages were aged in used barrel barrels only. It has an attractive ripe blackberry and brine-tinged bouquet that is nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, rather dense for a deuxième vinwith slightly chalky tannin with a grippy finish with quite a bit of wood tannin on the aftertaste.
WINE ADVOCATE (LISA PERROTTI-BROWN) : 91-93 / 100
There was no frost in this vineyard in 2017, due to its elevation. Blended of 65% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon from the young vines of Pavie, the 2017 Arômes de Pavie is very deep purple-black in color with an incredibly open, spicy nose with a core of baked plums, blackberry pie and dark chocolate with touches of potpourri, black olives and Indian spices plus a waft of damp soil. Full-bodied, firm and velvety, it's packed with black fruits and spice layers, finishing long and opulent.
DECANTER.COM (JANE ANSON) : 89 / 100
This would be a good grand vin for many estates; big, even, particularly in 2017. Tight, intense fruit aromas impress with their power but struggle to maintain momentum, and the flavours of pure cassis, liquorice, dark chocolate and some lovely spice notes don't quite extend through to the close of play. They are now using 4ha of Cabernet Franc from the limestone plateau that was used in Pavie until 2015. 50% new oak. Yield 22hl/ha.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2034
WINE ENTHUSIAST (ROGER VOSS) : 92-94 / 100
Very perfumed, this wine has a good percentage of Cabernet Franc to give both richness and structure to the generous Merlot core. It is a beautiful wine, rich while also very sophisticated. Made to age quickly, it will be ready from 2022.
JAMESSUCKLING.COM (JAMES SUCKLING) : 92-93 / 100
A firm and elegant red with very pretty dark berries, dark chocolate and mineral undertones. Round tannins. Medium-to full-bodied, racy and fine. Juicy. Second wine of Pavie.
WINE SPECTATOR (JAMES MOLESWORTH) : 89-92 / 100
Warm, dark fig and blackberry compote flavors lead off here, backed by melted licorice notes and a solid shot of roasted apple wood on the finish. A youthful jumble today, but the pieces are there.—J.M.