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Pavie Decesse Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2015 (Pre-Arrival)  - First Bottle


99 Jeb Dunnuck -
The 2015 Château Pavie Decesse is another blockbuster from the Perse team, and it’s not far off the straight Pavie release, although this cuvée always shows slightly more elegance and freshness as well as obvious minerality. Sensational notes of crème de cassis, black cherries, white truffle, white flowers, and incense notes all emerge from this full-bodied, saturated purple (it’s almost blue-colored), powerful wine. It’s another wine that has the upfront, voluptuous style of the vintage yet backs it up with sensational concentration, building tannins, remarkable purity, and a huge finish. It’s an incredible wine that needs 5-10 years of bottle age and will keep for another 3 decades.
98 Vinous -
Gérard Perse's 2015 Pavie-Decesse is just as compelling from bottle as it was from barrel, if not more so. Lifted, gracious and super-refined, the 2015 captures the richness of the year with the support of cool, mineral-driven notes from the calcaire-rich soils. Super-ripe red cherry, blood orange, rose petal and mint are some of the many notes that are woven together. In 2015, Pavie-Decesse is a wine of pure and total class. Don't miss it!
98 James Suckling -
Plums, berries, flowers, wet earth and rose petals. Full-bodied, deep and rich, especially on the center palate. Super silky tannins. Great length and texture. Goes on for minutes. Try in 2023.
96 Wine Spectator -
This delivers a stunning display of raspberry ganache, boysenberry pâte de fruit and crème de cassis flavors, studded with dried anise, singed apple wood and warm fruitcake notes. A serious chalky spine strides throughout, keeping this bridled and focused. Will need some time to unfurl fully. Best from 2025 through 2040. 750 cases made.
96 Wine Enthusiast -
Almost completely Merlot, this is a rich wine but one that goes towards great elegance. The style is smooth, with soft tannins, although the wine is also fresh and almost salty with the acidity and juicy black fruits. Its tannins presage a long-term future. Drink from 2026.
96 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider -
Deep in color, the wine is concentrated, full bodied and intense, with lush, opulent, length and persistence. The black and blue polished fruits create a decadent finish that offers a strong sense of minerality with a blast of fruit that keeps on going. Patience is required here.
95+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Located at the top of the plateau inside of Pavie and planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Pavie Decesse is a vintage blend that reflects the vineyard plantings precisely, and it has been aged in 100% new French oak barrels. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it kicks off with exuberant crushed black currants, blackberries and black forest cake notes with hints of potpourri, Indian spices, mossy bark and Sichuan pepper. The full-bodied palate reveals wonderful energy and intensity, supported by firm, grainy tannins and impressive tension, which takes the electric fruit to a very long finish.

Technical Details

  • Blend90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationSaint-Emilion
  • OakFrench
  • Aging/Cooperage100% new French oak barrels
  • Alcohol14%

Pavie Decesse Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2015 (Pre-Arrival)

Bordeaux Blends  |  France
JD99, VN98, JS98, WE96, WS96, JL96, WA95+

30% off retail!

Château Pavie-Decesse, whose 3.5 hectares were separated from Château Pavie in 1885, has been rejoined by the current owner, Gérard Perse. Sitting high atop the revered Saint-Emilion limestone plateau – Château Pavie-Decesse actually casts its shadow on its more famous sibling, just southeast of the village of Saint-Emilion. Here, 40+ year-old vines of some 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc produce a tiny amount of their high-scoring and highly collectible grand vin – totaling only about 650 cases annually.

2015 is a rockstar vintage that has it all. Our price is blue-chip investment-grade, even if you never had any interest in ever drinking the wine. But, of course, you do...right? ‘Cause I sure do! Despite the obvious and historic pedigree of Château Pavie, Pavie-Decesse is actually a little more interesting to our palates – the enhanced minerality, not to mention the complexity and’s just right up our alley! 

Purchased by Gerard Perse in 1997, one year before he bought Chateau Pavie. The estate is located approximately 85 meters above the Dordogne River. The soil is largely clay-limestone with that previously mentioned asteriated limestone subsoil. Pavie-Decesse is hand-harvested, with a blend matching the vineyard planting – 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc. The juice is fermented and aged in new oak barrels for 18 to 24 months with racking every 3 months in place of fining or filtering. Final blending takes place just before bottling, and now, after over 6 years in bottle, this beauty is ready to sing!!! Read the critics' takes on the flavor profile of this sure-to-be-epic Saint-Emilion stunner below...but please, please hurry! Only 7 cases to be had… and you know that I’m calling ‘dibs’ on a few bottles for myself! 99 points! Only $124.95! That’s a Bordeaux lover’s dream!

About the Producer

Although Pavie Decesses's reputation exists in the shadow of its glorious older sibling, topography has nonetheless set it above Chateau Pavie, situated as it is on Saint-Emilion's limestone plateau. Purchased by Gerard Perse in 1997, one year before he bought Chateau Pavie.