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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.