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Posted on Sep 7, 2015 in Bordeaux, France, Wine Tasting France | 0 comments

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Today we woke up a bit late at 11:30am. We quickly got ready and left at 12pm to go to Saint Julien. We had lunch at Chez Germaine Restaurant again, just to have the 1kg of mussels cooked with bleu cheese, parsley, onion, and cream sauce. We also ordered a vegetarian pizza, which is more like bread toped with many good vegetables and sauce. The total cost of lunch was 45€ with a 5€ tip.

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Second time here

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Cheese Morrel – delicious

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Vegetarian Pizza

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Always many people come to visit

We drove to Chateau Pavie Saint-Emilion, which is a first growth of the original classification of 1855. This vineyard dates back to Roman times and is named after peach orchards that used to be there. The modern estate dates from the nineteenth century and Ferdinand Bouffard assembled it. Currently, since 1998, Gerard Perse owns it—he bought it for $31 million—and brought in Michel Rolland, a controversial wine consultant, who cut yields with a lot of pruning, which made the wine more intense. However, that move made the wine a first growth again.

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

see nice little hills with vineyard

They have some newly grown grape vines that are starting to produce vines. After we parked, we had to walk a little ways to the chateau. The building is simple in a more modern European architecture. Louisiana, the assistant, and the other tour guide, Elodys, greeted us. Louisiana will be there until October this year. Elodys can speak Mandarin! She speaks it quite well, better than I can.

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

newly grown grape trees

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Once you parked your car, you have to walk a bit distance

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Take some photos on our way to the reception area

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

They combine the office and wine cellar in one building

The chateau is linked to the office, vat room, and tasting room—everything is in one building. She first explained that they use Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon in the house wine. They produce two types of wine.

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s Quadriga 251BC(Reproduction)

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Gift from Quanda Industry & Commerce Co to the owner

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Golden grapes anyone?

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

They showed us the vat room and the aging room. The barrels are in black and they have five coppers to design the barrels for them. They have 70% new barrels each year and reuse 30% of them. She didn’t explain the malolactic fermentation because she thought we knew it already, which makes her job easier.

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Here where the magic happens before they send for the ageing process

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Nicely designed and some arts are on displayed here

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

I like the window design

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

The barrel design is different than the others

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Silicone cover for the barrel with Chateau Pavie Logo

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Elegance – Only for Chteau Pavie

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

We thought this is just for display, actually they also function like the other barrel

She also showed us the private cellar, but only from the outside. The door was impressive though we didn’t enter, like in Chateau Gruoud Larose.

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

The private cellar – no entry

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Inside the private cellar where they keep the old vintages

Last, but not least, we went to the tasting room. We only tasted one red wine from 2006, their first label. She decanted it at 9am because it takes so long for the flavor to open up. It tasted wonderfully, but it is very expensive. At any rate, Alex bought seven wines from them, costing almost 700€. She also discounted to tour for us from 25€ to 18€ per person. They didn’t have a wooden storage box for us, so they wrapped up the bottles in paper

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

One of the beautiful tasting room in Bordeaux

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Tasting area

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Also comes in different sizes

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Do re mi fa so la ti do..

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

The shop..come come..buy buy all you want

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Whose the designer here? So nicely decorated this place.

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

view from the main entrance

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Saigon Baby did not want to miss the opportunity to take some photos with vineyard as the background

After that we drove around Pomerol , but couldn’t find anything nice. We went back to the market in Saint Julien and bought more caneles at the same place. We bought tiny ones this time, and apricots, peaches, bananas, and jam for meat at the grocery market. We went to the cheese shop last and bought some really good cheeses and yogurt. Then we drove back to the hotel.

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

Cool way to put up wines in the shop[

Château Pavie Saint-Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé

I bought one of the yogurt – the strawberry one

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