This was a new wine for me to try. Of all places, I had it tailgating at the Jets vs. Browns Monday Night game in NY (NJ). Deep ruby in color, a bit lighter at the rim. The nose is nice with cherries and slight dusty cigar box notes. On the palate, this has a nice texture. Medium bodied. Plenty of cherry fruit with some underlying crushed leaves. Some depth and complexity. Good finish. This works well with a wide variety of foods. It seems at or at least close to peak. It should have another five to seven years at this level.
This seems to be a basic negoiant level wine. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries and slight bell peppers. A bit of dust. On the palate, the cherries come thru. Not green but not ripe either. No tannins. Easy drinking. Worked well with middle eastern foods. Drink now. No idea on the pricing but if around $10, this is a fine value and probably better in 2015 or 2016.
Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with cherries, dried cherries, dust and spice. There is also a bit of raisin. On the palate, the fruit is more dried cherries but some fresh cherries. The raisin continues thru slightly. Not a lot of complexity. This seems to be on the way down and probably ought to be drunk now. It will still work fine at the dinner table. Stews would be a nice match.
This wine showed quite well considering the vintage and pedigree and age of the wine. Ruby in color, purple at its core, clear and bright. The nose has dried cherries, slight dust, a bit of mint. With air, some fresh cherries. On the palate, fresh and dried cherries above a baseline of tea leaves. Medium bodied. A bit of drying tannins underneath. Nice finish. This is very food friendly and easy to drink. Probably a bit past prime but still enjoyable. Drink up now.
A big surprise on the upside drinking this wine. It was much younger and better than I expected (and I had high expectations). Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is young with cassis, cedar, a bit of graphite and slight roasted herbs. On the palate, what a lovely lush texture. Still a lot of primary and secondary flavors. Cassis, chocolate and then with air an underneath of dry forest floor. Medium tannins. Nice balance. Long finish. This bottle anyway, still needs around five to seven more years to peak, but again, at age 37, all bottles are different. It would go great
This bottle was decanted for an hour and then double decanted back in the bottle. It might have needed a bit more than that but that was good. Ruby/purple in color. Clear and bright. The nose is a bit of a dusty attic at first. With air, cherries and cedar come out. Light tannins on the palate. Cherries with sandalwood and slight forest floor on the palate. This has a nice complexity with good layering. This seems at peak now. No hurry but it probably should be drunk by 2030. It will work better at the table at this point, roasted meats, fowl or veggies would be great.
Pop and pour, this probably should have been decanted. It took some time to open up. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cassis, pencil lead, cedar and tobacco. Cherries come out with air. This has a slight funk at first but cleans up with air. A wonderful velvety texture. Complex and deep. Lot of cassis and cherries on the palate. Some cherry cough syrup. Tart acidity which begs for food. Long finish. This seems to finally be at peak though no hurry. At least a decade more at this level. This will go well with meat or fowl dishes though not too spicy.
The first bottle that we opened was corked. A second bottle proved quite fresh indeed. This was a surprise as it showed quite well. Still, in the older style. The label was actually in very good shape as well. Purple in color with just a slight bit of bricking at the rime. Clear and bright. The nose has cherry fruit, with a slight bit of funk. With air it becomes a bit more cigar box. On the palate, this is clean and fresh. Certainly mature but nice cherry fruit, just a wisp of tannins with underlying barnyard. The finish is a bit drying. Older wines can be a gamble, mostly due
This is certainly not today's Pavie. A very different style of Bordeaux. Whether that is good or bad is subjective. Ruby/brown in color though clear if a bit muted. The nose is all about the earthy funk. There is some slight mine and slighter cherry fruit. Tart acidity. On the palate, this starts out with thin cherries. As it blows off bottle stink, it adds some weight but tastes old and past prime. Certainly no sin for a 37 year old wine. There is a lot of funk on this wine. One of the people sharing this wine called it "dirty" which might (or might not) be a bit strong. Still,
For wines that are purchased on release and cellared for years, it is rare to hit a bottle at its exact prime. Often the bottle is opened too early, or too late. Wine lovers often discuss which is better.