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Lot 204

St Emilion, 1998
3 (1 x 3) 750ml
Chateau Pavie is a 1er Grand Cru Classé estate located in the AOC of St-Emilion on the right bank of the Gironde estuary in Bordeaux, France. Along with Ausone, Angelus and Cheval Blanc, Pavie is one of the top (Grand Cru Classés A) growers in Saint Emilion classification (since 2012, previously Classés B). From the stand-out 1998 vintage, one of the vintages of the decade in the right bank. 

Sold for R 12 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 13 656

Estimate R 14 000 - 16 000

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The 1998 Pavie is deep garnet-brick in color. So much fruit comes charging out of the gate here: profound crème de cassis, baked blackberries and blackberry preserves with notions of beef dripping, crushed rocks, unsmoked cigar, sandalwood and dried lavender. Big, rich and beautifully impactful, it is completely packed with taut, muscular black and blue fruit preserves, maintaining nice firm grainy tannins with layer after layer of exotic spices, meat and earth notions, finishing epically long and minerally. Should easily continue to cellar for 25+ years.’ – Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (May 2018), 97/100

Still blackish hints in the crimson. Sweet spicy notes on the nose. Quite complex and intriguing without being exaggerated. Lovely balance and follow through. Long and neat. This wine is really rewarding. Just slightly dry on the finish. Hint of orange peel.’ – Jancis Robinson (March 2006), 18/20

(75% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon; 13.5% alcohol; 3.44 pH): Medium-deep purple-ruby: this color is actually less evolved and much darker than that of the 2000. Captivating, uncommonly deep aromas of blackberry, violet, sweet spices and aromatic herbs. Suave and silky on the palate, with amazingly pure red and dark berry flavors complicated by minerals and floral perfume. This Pavie Macquin still included a little cabernet sauvignion in its blend. A great, extremely long wine of rare elegance and purity, it has improved considerably with bottle age.’ – Ian D'Agata, (March 2014), 95/100

Lovely, and in a great spot now. The mulled currant, fig and boysenberry fruit is fully into its secondary phase, while the backdrop of singed cedar and alder notes plays a supporting role. Keeps a fresh tobacco accent through the finish, with a lingering graphite echo.--Non-blind Pavie vertical (March 2017). Drink now through 2025. 6,665 cases made.’ – Wine Spectator (Tasted 2017), 93/100

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