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Pavie, Pavie-Decesse and Monbousquet announce 2021 en primeur release

Three more chateaux announced the 2021 en primeur release this morning – Château Pavie , Monbousquet and Château Pavie-Decesse – as the floodgates of the en primeur releases start to open. 

FRANCE – OCTOBER 02: Chateau Pavie 1er Grand Cru Classe sign at St Emilion in the Bordeaux wine region of France (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Château Pavie 2021 has been released at €234 per bottle ex-négociant, clocking in at 2.5% less than the opening price of the 2020, while the international trade is offering it for £2,784 per 12×75.

The estate’s second wine, Arômes de Pavie 2021 has also been released at €60 per bottle ex-negociant, or at £720 per 12×75 by the international trade, which is flat compared to last year’s pricing.

Meanwhile the chateau’s near neighbour, Château Pavie-Decesse, has also been released  at €83 per bottle ex-négociant or £984 per 12×75, from the international trade.

Finally, Monbousquet 2021 has been released at €35 per bottle ex-négociant, an increase of 8% on 2020’s opening price of €32.40. This, in part is due to the low yields, as the property was particuarly impacted by frost, producing only just 18.55hL/ha, according to Neal Martin. 

These latest releases from St Emilion join Pauillac estates Carruades de Lafite and Duhart Milon and Cantemerle in the Haut Medoc, which were announced last week .  So far, the release are conforming in general to expectations that release prices will be broadly in line to 2020 prices, but the comments of Matthew O’Connell, CEO of the LiveTrade fine wine exchange of Bordeaux Index, that “there are a number of strong vintages for buyers to choose from on the market if they feel there is limited benefit to the en primeur pricing” also seems evident.

Liv-ex points to the 2020, 2014 and 2015 vintages for Monbousquet for example, and the 2019 and 2011 for both the Château Pavie, and Château Pavie-Decesse which it says offers better value than the 2021 releases.

Tasting notes

Pavie (St Emilion; 52% Merlot; 30% Cabernet Franc; 18% Cabernet Sauvignon; a final yield of 33 hl.ha; 14.1% alcohol; tasted at the property). Very beautiful, very composed and very elegant for a Pavie at this nascent stage. Very dark berry fruit, cassis and blueberries, black raspberries, sloes, mulberries too, and even a hint of plum skin. Lots of graphite. Violets and peonies too. This has a gracious and gentle opening, very much more classic and less the Pavie of recent vintages (though this is the continuation not the start of a trend). The wine unfurls very slowly, reinforcing the sense of grace and elegance. The architectural structure itself and both its evolution and the delineation and detail of that evolution are very impressive; this is finely layered and precisely crafted. Cool, refined and with the acidity nicely integrated into the structure, this is a style of Pavie that I really like. 94-96+.

Read more:

What will the pricing of this year’s en primeur campaign be like?

Bordeaux 2021: cool vintage ‘new classicism’

Why the 2021 Bordeaux is a ‘marmite’ vintage’ 

See here for db’s en primeur vintage report, with appellation-by-appellation reviews of MargauxSt JulienPessac-Leognan & GravesSt Estephe & Haut-MedocPauillac, Pomerol, St Emilion and Sauternes.


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