Château Pavie is a wood-aged red wine made by Château Pavie with the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot varieties in the AOC Saint-Émilion, in Bordeaux (France).
Like other vineyards in St Emilion, Château Pavie dates back to Roman times and is named after the peach orchards (“pavies”) that used to be there. However, the modern estate was created by its first owner, Ferdinand Bouffard, who gradually acquired adjacent estates until he had a large property of 50 hectares. Since 1998, it has been owned by Perse, a Parisian millionaire and former cyclist who sold two supermarket chains to fund his entry into the wine business and in 2012 he saw the winery awarded the status of Premier Grand Cru Classé (A).
Château Pavie comes from 37 hectares of vineyards located in an exceptional Premier Gran Cru Classé A terrain, with calcareous-clay and sandy clay. The vines have an average age of 45, although there are also some hundred-year-old vines. They are cultivated using traditional agriculture and the harvest takes place when the grapes reach optimum ripeness.
In the winery, Château Pavie ferments in wooden tanks at a controlled temperature for 3 weeks. Finally, the wine ages for 24 months in 225-litre French oak barrels, 80% of which are new.
Château Pavie is a world famous wine that in certain vintages (specifically in 2003) has even caused a war of words between the two wine experts Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson. Opinions aside, the truth is that this wine is indisputably a Premier Gran Cru Classé A from Saint-Emilion.