2005 Pavie Decesse - Wine Advocate # 170 - Apr 2007: Sadly, only 415 cases are being made from this 9+ acre vineyard that averages 46 years of age. Planted on a high limestone plateau above Pavie, it is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. A spectacular offering from Gerard Perse fashioned from yields of 33 hectoliters per hectare, its upbringing includes a 35-day maceration, malolactic in barrel, and aging on its lees for six months. A liquid mineral component dominates the nose of the opaque purple-hued 2005. Full-bodied with wonderful elegance and precision, its relationship to Pavie can be seen in its broad texture and long, concentrated creme de cassis, raspberry, and blueberry notes. Its aging in 100% new French oak has been beautifully absorbed, leaving only subtle hints of espresso and chocolate. This structured, tannic beauty will require a decade of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040+.
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