Château Pavie

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Château Pavie

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.

 

 
The Pavie chai wherein the wine is stored until ready for bottling is said to date from the 11th century. At the furthest point one is eight metres under the vineyards of Pavie whose roots can be seen penetrating the roof. The temperature in the cave stays at a constant 12C all year round.
 
Though the average age of the vines are 45 years old there are some vines that date from 1895 and are the oldest in Saint Emillion. The wines of Pavie though of ancient origin only started gaining full recognition in the 19th century. At the Paris exhibition of 1867 they won a gold medal and from that time on they have won many awards.
 

 

Owner:Gérard Perse

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.