Esprit de Pavie 2011
This mouth-watering claret, the Esprit de Pavie, is from the legendary owner of St Emilion’s 1er Grand Cru Classé, Chateau Pavie. Its big brother has one of Bordeaux’s highest average scores from Robert Parker over the past 10 years (trading at an average of around GBP 2700 per case), further emphasising that this Esprit delivers amazing quality for the price-tag.
Whilst we wouldn’t make a direct qualitative comparison between the wines, the 2011 Esprit de Pavie is a stylistic chip-off-the-block. Available here at just GBP 150 per 12 IB it undoubtedly delivers the signature Perse style in spades – lush, ripe fruit with a concentration and intensity that proves its heritage. The Esprit benefits from the wealth of work and expertise of Gerard Perse and comes from the young vines of Chateaux Pavie, Monbousquet, and Clos L’Eglise. It carries the humble AC Bordeaux Appellation yet punches well, well above this classification, given both the winemaking pedigree and the quality of terroir.
We are fortunate enough to sample a lot of different wines here at BI HQ and only 1% tick the requisite boxes for us to offer. This one unequivocally delivered for the whole team though, is a real no-brainer for the money, and comes highly recommended!
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Tasting Notes and Scores
It is remarkable how this leaps from the glass – the nose is immediate and engaging, with ripe red and black fruit notes and a deeper, mocha, coffee bean note. Made from 70% Merlot with the remainder Cabernet Franc, the palate is fresh and bright, with a pleasing juicy, vibrant quality. Blackcurrant, cherries, damson and blueberry balance with excellent structure which gives it a touch of class. Top stuff – a bargain!