A distinguished 1st Grand Cru Classé A
The very old vineyard of Pavie, dating back to the 4th century, occupies a place of reference on the south coast of Saint-Emilion. Located at the top of the hierarchy thanks to its terroir of excellence - probably one of the best in the appellation - Château Pavie is one of the most brilliant element of the Bordeaux vineyard. Its great potential was enhanced by the arrival of Gérard Perse in 1998. Château Pavie was promoted to 1st Grand Cru Classé A in the last ranking of Saint-Emilion in September of 2012 and has ever since been at the top of the Saint-Emilion hierarchy.
A beautiful estate with 37 hectares of vineyards - entirely worked by hand - where Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes are grown. These are used in the production of the celebrated Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé and a second red wine. Top French reds like Château Pavie are designed to keep for 20 years or more. That calls for patience and a large amount of tannins. Pavie's owner, Mr. Perse, wants his wines to outlive him, which is why since he took over, he has steadily been replacing mellow Merlot vines with tannin-rich Cabernet Sauvignon.
Most of Pavie's vines grow on a clay-covered limestone plateau overlooking St-Emilion. This type of terroir, with gravel at the bottom and sandstone and clay at the top, is associated with Saint-Emilion's top estates. Thanks to the hilltop's soil structure, the village was built from quarries: to this day you can see caves carved out of the sandstone and the tunnels go underneath the whole appellation.