Château Pavie Decesse
Classification: Grand Cru Classe
Château Pavie Decesse is one of 3 vineyards which were once part of an estate owned by Ferdinand Bouffard, a 19th Century Bordeaux négociant who also owned part of Château Héritage Haut Brion. Bouffard's estate included a variety of plots, including the Fayard Talleman, Pimpinelle, Dussaut, Pigasse and Larcis Bergey vineyards. Whilst most of these vineyards were consolidated to form Château Pavie, 2 remained distinct; Pigasse vines, which formed the basis for Château Pavie Decesse, and the Chapus Pavie vineyard. Both Châteaux Pavie and Pavie Decesse were previously owned by the Valet family until they were purchased by Gérard Perse, owner of Château Monbusquet in 1997. Although Pavie Decesse is overshadowed somewhat by Château Pavie its wines are superb and many consider it to be a hidden diamond.
Château Pavie Decesse is situated in the heart of the Côtes of St. Emilion, with the vineyards being planted on the chalky, clay soils of the limestone plateau above the River Dordogne. There are 9 hectares planted with 40 year old 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
The wines of Château Pavie Decesse are deep, intense and concentrated. They have smoky notes of vanilla, black fruits, liquorice, coffee, plum and earth. They have several layers with ripe tannins, good aroma and are well balanced. They have excellent ageing potential and should be cellared.
Owner: Gérard Perse (also owns Châteaux Pavie, Monbusquet and Bellevue Mondotte)
Château Website: www.vignoblesperse.com
Oenologist: M Rolland / G Perse