2012 Pavie Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JD 98 JL 96 TWI 96 WE 96 WA 95 WS 95 JS 94 JA 94 VN 94
JD 98

jebdunnuck.com, June 2020

(98+ points) Bottled under a black label to celebrate Pavie’s addition to the Grand Cru Classé “A” classification, the 2012 Chateau Pavie is a brilliant wine, and readers with bottles in their cellars are in for a treat...
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2018

Silky tannins, pure fruits, rocks and stone with licorice and fresh cherries are all over the place. There is richness here, but it is a bit subdued from other, riper, more powerful vintages, which might end up being a...
TWI 96

The Wine Independent, December 2023

Deep garnet in color, the 2012 Pavie prances out of the glass with showy notes of kirsch, black raspberries, and juicy black plums plus touches of lavender, pencil lead, and rose oil. The medium to full-bodied palate is...
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, April 2013

(94–96 points) Barrel sample. This is a powerful wine which exhibits a change in style towards elegance in recent years. The palate has delicious Merlot fruitiness along with black-currant acidity and a dense structure...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2015

The 2012 Pavie celebrates its reclassification and upgrade to Class A St.-Emilion by sporting a new black label with gold print. Fortunately, every Pavie has benefitted since Perse began a complete makeover of this estate...
WS 95

Wine Spectator, January 2015

This pulls out all the stops, with lush boysenberry confiture, warm plum sauce and blueberry reduction notes seamlessly intertwined with licorice snap, roasted apple wood and fruitcake flavors. A terrific bolt of...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, June 2022

Open nose of bramble jelly with a glaze of toasty aromas. Both quite rich and well-structured with plenty of fine tannin and pronounced earthiness on the generous palate. Very focused, long finish with energy, suggesting...
JA 94

janeanson.com, March 2022

Pavie is a wine that it really isn't worth approaching before the 10 year window - not just because under its then-regime, everything was turned up to the max, but because this is a powerful terroir that delivers muscular...
VN 94

Vinous, September 2022

The 2012 Pavie has a lovely bouquet, one of the best on the Right Bank, with gorgeous brambly red fruit, fig and black truffle, developing a Left Bank like personality with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a vibrant...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2012
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2012 Pavie Bordeaux Blend from Saint Emilion, France, is a wine that has garnered significant attention from critics, earning consistently high scores and praise for its depth and complexity. This red wine, produced by Pavie, is celebrated for its robust character and aging potential.

Wine Spectator awarded the 2012 Pavie a score of 95, noting that it "pulls out all the stops" with flavors of "boysenberry confiture, warm plum sauce, and blueberry reduction" intertwined with "licorice snap, roasted apple wood, and fruitcake." The review highlights the wine's impressive balance and length, suggesting it will be best enjoyed between 2018 and 2030.

James Suckling gave it a 94, praising its "open nose of bramble jelly" and "toasty aromas." He emphasized the wine's structure, fine tannins, and earthiness, predicting a long future ahead. He described it as "an excellent 2012," suitable for drinking now or holding for further aging.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also awarded the wine a 95, noting the wine's "inky purple color" and "judicious toasty oak" on the nose, along with "copious blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, Christmas spices, as well as licorice and graphite." The review highlighted the wine's full-bodied richness and moderate tannins, suggesting it will require 5-7 years of bottle age and could drink well for 20-30 years.

Vinous rated the 2012 Pavie at 94, describing it as having "a lovely bouquet" with "gorgeous brambly red fruit, fig, and black truffle." The palate is noted for its vibrancy and structure, with a "nicely poise and focused" finish. Neal Martin found it "very seductive," having tasted it twice at different events.

Jeb Dunnuck gave an outstanding 98+ score, calling it a "brilliant wine" with "incredible notes of blackcurrants, blackberries, scorched earth, graphite, leafy herbs, violets, and background oak." He highlighted its richness, full-bodied power, and impeccable balance, predicting it might reach a triple-digit rating in the future.

Jane Anson also rated it 94, mentioning its muscular nature and the character it gains with time. She noted aromas of "gunsmoke and rubber reduction" that unwind to reveal "grilled sandalwood and cloves" alongside fruit flavors like "black cherry, raspberry, and cassis."

Jeff Leve awarded it 96 points, appreciating its "silky tannins" and "pure fruits," with the richness being slightly subdued compared to other vintages, which he suggests might be a positive aspect.

Wine Enthusiast's Roger Voss gave a barrel sample score of 94-96 points, noting a shift towards elegance with "delicious Merlot fruitiness" and "black-currant acidity." He praised the wine's structure and minerality.

Finally, The Wine Independent's Lisa Perrotti-Brown rated it 96, describing it as "deep garnet in color" with notes of "kirsch, black raspberries, and juicy black plums." She highlighted its "lively and refreshing" palate, soft tannins, and bright fruit finish.

Overall, the 2012 Pavie is a wine that impresses with its complexity, structure, and aging potential, making it a noteworthy choice for collectors and enthusiasts alike.