Château Pavie 2005 stands as a testament to the wine's truly exceptional terroir. The wine exhibits a deep and dense purple color, with vibrant violet highlights that underscore its youthful character. Clean and expressive aromas showcase a notable intensity and well-defined fruitiness. Black currants, blueberries, and an array of black fruit intertwine harmoniously, complemented by alluring hints of chocolate and spices derived from meticulous barrel aging. The initial impression on the palate is impeccable, revealing the true quality of the vintage as its flavors unfold. The wine boasts a full body, simultaneously displaying both firmness and suppleness. Every element seamlessly combines to create an exemplary balance. The fine-grained tannins contribute to a structure that ensures a long and brilliant future for the wine. Its class and nobility reflect the utmost care taken during vinification to honor the vintage's potential. This beautiful and polished 2005 vintage leaves a powerful and refined impression, with its full and round character.
Robert Parker - 100 Points
"Gérard Perse believes this is the greatest Pavie he’s made to date, although certainly I would argue that list includes the 2000, as well as the 2009 and 2010, among his superstars. This wine, which I had both in the 2005 horizontal report in the Wine Advocate, and at a mini-vertical with Perse at the restaurant Maison Boulud in Montreal, looks to be a 75- to 100-year wine. Dense, opaque purple to the rim, with a gorgeously promising nose of blackberries, cassis, graphite and cedar wood just beginning to emerge, it tastes more like a three-year-old than wine that is already a decade old. This beauty is intense and full-bodied, with magnificent concentration, a majestic mouthfeel and a total seamless integration of tannin, wood, alcohol, etc. Beautifully rich, full and multidimensional, this is a tour de force in winemaking and certainly one of the top dozen or so 2005 Bordeaux. Forget it for another 3-5 years and drink it over the following 50-100 years!"
Antonio Galloni - 97 Points
"Six years have passed since I last tasted the 2005 Pavie. In that time, the wine has moved into its first plateau of maturity. Heady and explosive, the 2005 possesses tremendous richness right out of the gate. An infusion of inky dark fruit, chocolate, leather, spice, menthol and espresso greets the palate as the 2005 shows off its considerable charms. The style of the era is evident in the wine's rich, extracted feel and strong oak inflections. My preference is to drink the 2005 now, as early signs of aromatic maturity are starting to set in. Tasted two times."