This well-known estate situated on the limestone hillside above Pavie is produced from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Another brilliant offering from the Perse family, the dense opaque purple-colored 2011 reveals plenty of floral notes intermixed with super-concentrated cassis and kirsch. The chalky limestone soils provide minerality to this full-bodied, powerful, concentrated St.-Emilion. Some tannins are noticeable, but they are sweet. This 2011 should be drinkable in 3-4 years and last for 15-20.
Although Pavie Decesses's reputation exists in the shadow of its glorious older sibling, Château Pavie it is nonetheless treated with the same respect. Purchased by Gérard Perse in 1997 (one year before he bought Château Pavie) situated on the limestone plateau of Saint-Emilion, Pavie-Decesse is one of the "happy few” Saint-Emilion Grands Crus Classés.
Enjoying the same attention as Château Pavie, whose terroir it essentially shares, Pavie-Decesse achieves a consistency of quality which is the definition of a Great Growth.