JS100: An inspirational wine that shows the evolution of great new wines from St.-Emilion where they've gone from too much wood to perfect balance of fresh and dark fruits and mineral and terroir-driven character. Full-bodied and muscular but so balanced. Drink in 2025 but so wonderful now.
JD100: Pure perfection in a glass and unquestionably one of the great vintages for this cuv�e, the 2015 Pavie is a blend of 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up in 80% new French oak. Sharing some similarities with the 2009, this tour de force sports a saturated purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of cr�me de cassis, crushed rocks, white truffle, and licorice. Its oak is perfectly integrated and balanced by this wine�s massive fruit and structure. Full-bodied, deep, and superbly concentrated, with building tannins, it�s a massive wine by any measure, but what sets it apart is that it still glides across the palate and retains an incredible sense of purity, balance, and elegance. It�s drinking well today due to the vintage�s opulence, yet won�t hit prime time for another 5-10 years and I suspect will keep for upward of 50 years.