Chateau Saint-Georges Cote Pavie (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
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Chateau Saint-Georges Cote Pavie (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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JS 95
James Suckling

A cool, refined red with blackberry, blueberry and crushed stone. Medium to full body. Racy finish. Very classy.

Barrel Sample: 94-95

JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck
Another estate that seems to be on the uptick, the 2020 Château Saint Georges (Cote Pavie) comes from a sensation terroir just beside Château Pavie, on the south-facing hillside just outside of the village of Saint-Emilion. It has plenty of purity and precision as well as medium to full body, a solid spine of acidity, and classic Saint-Emilion notes of blue fruits, chalky minerality, and flowers. The balance is spot on, and again, the purity of fruit is exceptional. Give bottles 4-5 years and it should be long-lived.
Barrel Sample: 93-95
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Coming from the limestone slope between La Gaffelière and Pavie, the 2020 Saint-Georges Côte Pavie has a deep garnet-purple color and vibrant notes of crushed black plums, fresh blackberries and boysenberries with suggestions of tar, charcuterie and cracked black pepper, plus a hint of garrigue. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with crunchy black fruits, supported by ripe, rounded tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and savory. Barrel Sample: (92 - 94)+

D 90
Grilled oak on the nose, a little intrusive in its tannic structure, this is well built and muscular, with plenty of autumnal, well defined fruits, but closes into itself on the finish, and needs to balance out over ageing.
Barrel Sample: 90
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Chateau Saint-Georges Cote Pavie, France
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Like other vineyards in Saint-Émilion such as Chateau Ausone, the Pavie vineyard dates back to Roman times. It takes its name from the orchards of peaches ("pavies") that once stood.

The modern estate was assembled by Ferdinand Bouffard in the late 19th century by buying plots from several families. The plots were still managed separately, and the 9 hectares bought from the Pigasse family retained a separate identity as Chateau Pavie-Decesse. However, Bouffard struggled with phylloxera, and at the end of World War I he sold it to Albert Porte, who sold it to Alexandre Valette in 1943.

His grandson Jean-Paul Valette sold it to Gérard Perse in 1998. In 2012, Pavie was elevated to Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) status, which made it one of four such Saint-Émilion producers.

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Bordeaux, France

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Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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