FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, tintig, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Feine Nuancen von Lakritze, florale Noten, schwarze Waldbeeren, Cassis und Mandarinenzesten, einladendes Bukett. Stoffig, engmaschig, mineralisch und straff, stramme Tannine, reif und anhaftend, dunkle Frucht im Abgang, zeigt große Länge und sicheres Entwicklungspotenzial."
LISA PERROTTI-BROWN: „The 2022 Pavie is a blend of 52% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon with a pH of 3.67. Yields were 31 hl/ha. Deep garnet-purple in color, it erupts from the glass with powerful notes of juicy blackberries, black currant pastilles, and wild blueberries, followed by classic hints of violets, licorice, red loam, wood smoke, and crushed rocks. The full-bodied palate delivers fantastic tension between the intense, muscular black fruit flavors and a lively backbone, framed by beautifully ripe, rounded tannins, finishing long and fragrant. Superb."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Inky, opaque, black purple in color, the explosive perfume delivers purple flowers, licorice, truffle, crushed stone, smoke, saffron, and almost 100% cocoa. The palate is painted with opulent, rich, layers of concentrated, blackberries, plum liqueur, black cherries, spice, smoke, licorice, espresso and chocolate. As dense and deep as this wine is, what is important to note is the vibrancy and freshness on the palate. That sense of lift remains from the mid-palate through to the finish. The is the first vintage where you find the vines from Bellevue Mondotte and Pavie Decesse integrated into Chateau Pavie. The wine blends 52% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.7% ABV, pH 3.71. Harvesting took place September 15 - October 1. This is the earliest harvest in the history of Pavie. Drink from 2030-2065."
JEB DUNNUCK: "Released in a special bottle to celebrate the 25th harvest of Gerard Perse, the 2022 Château Pavie checks in as 52% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is in line with recent vintages, although one important factor is that both Pavie Decesse and Bellevue Mondot will no longer be produced and will are now incorporated into the Château Pavie. Given the quality of those two releases, I don't see that affecting the quality of the Grand Vin. The 2022 sports a deep, saturated purple hue as well as a gorgeous bouquet of ripe cassis, blackcurrants, espresso roast, violets, and chalky minerality. Hitting the palate with full-bodied richness, it has a layered, opulent mouthfeel, velvety tannins, integrated oak, and a great finish. This is another heavenly Pavie that's going to shine with just 5-7 years of bottle age and evolve for 30-40 years or more."
WEINWISSER: "52 % Merlot, 30 % Cabernet Franc, 18 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 31 hl/ha, pH 3.67, 14.47 Vol.-%. Verwobenes blaubeeriges Bouquet, Sandelholz, Himbeerkonfitüre, Brasiltabak und Schokopastillen. Am komplexen geradlinigen Gaumen mit seidiger Textur, engmaschigem Tanninkorsett, balancierter Rasse und tiefgründigem muskulösem Körper. Im konzentrierten Finale eine Explosion mit Wildkirsche, einer vollen Ladung dunklem Graphit, Estragon und verlangender Adstringenz. 2030 – 2059."
DECANTER: "Ripe and expressive on the nose, clearly concentrated with opulent aromas but also so much florality - roses, irises and violets with bitter orange peel, chocolate and flint. Smooth and supple, filling and round, this has depth but also real tension giving a push-pull between density and direction. Tannins are fine and have bite as well as flesh - the generous Merlot with more structured Cabernet fighting each other for dominance right now. Layered and mutifaceted with juice and balancing acidity. Feels well made, and deep with both freshness and power. Refined if not totally elegant as it’s got heft, strength and muscles. Characterful and stylish. 3.67pH. Acidity 3.71. A yield of 31hl/ha. The 25th vintage of Gerard Perse at Pavie, and the 10th anniversary of being a Premier Grand Cru Classé A estate. 2022 is the first year to incorporate Pavie-Decesse and Bellevue-Mondotte into the blend. Harvest 19 September - 1 October - the same dates as 2020. Ageing 75% new oak, 25% one year old barrels."
JAMES SUCKLING: "Intense aromas of cherries and spices. Full and layered without being heavy. It starts large and rich, but the tension and tannins tighten down. It's structured and powerful. Velvety, edgy tannins. Very salty at the end. Like an unpolished diamond. It now includes Pavie Decesse and Bellevue. Slightly overdone but wait and see. 52% merlot, 30% cabernet franc and 18% cabernet sauvignon."
JANCIS ROBINSON: "Deep purple-black colour to the rim. Lovely depth of fruit – raspberry coulis with a stony freshness. Sapid and savoury on the palate, the tannins muscular but the texture smooth and fine. Tight and firm on the finish, a saline note highlighting the terroir. Powerful but controlled. Built for the ages. "