Robert Parker 91
Served with one of La Tupina’s famous steaks, this Pavie-Decesse has a delectable nose of blackberry, plum and cassis albeit still layered in toasty new oak. The palate is predictably still very backward and the oak more prominent than I would prefer at this stage, so I hope they melt away soon. Modern in style, it would not please those seeking a more traditional style of Saint Emilion, but it remains undoubtedly impressive given the mediocre vintage. Drink 2012-2020. Tasted April 2007.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020
Deep red-ruby. Currant, mocha, game, coffee and smoky oak on the nose. Silky-smooth and sweet on entry, then less expressive in the mouth, and not currently showing much complexity. Today the tannins have the upper hand, but the wine’s concentration and structure suggest it will harmonize with five to seven years of bottle aging.