Chateau Pavie is the largest of the Côtes Premiers Grand Cru’s Classés, it is situated on a long, gentle sloping hillside facing south. It is located South-East of St-Emilion, this slope was one of the first to be planted with vines in the 4th century. Pavie has one of the regions largest and most interesting limestone cave, which is tunneled into the cliff face on the hilltop. It has been suggested that it could have been a commercial quarry, and that perhaps the name Pavie derives from pave, a paving stone, and paviere, the place where the stones were quarried.
Originally owner of Supermarkets in Paris, Gérard Perse, fell in love with Saint-Emilion and became « vigneron » after his first acquisition in 1993 with Château Monbousquet. Since the really first vintage, Robert Parker acclaimed this young, passionate and perfectionist proprietor and mentioned the wine as “sleeper of the vintage”. Perse was also the first one to plant white vines in Saint Emilion for producing Monbousquet white. In 2006 the consecration came when Monbousquet red become a Grand Cru Classé.
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