85-89 / 100
85-89 / 100
Cap Slightly damaged
Label Slightly damaged
Level Top shoulder
Châteauneuf du Pape
Information on the vintage 1989 red Bordeaux : 5/5 Unquestionably a great vintage and one which brought the decade to a resounding close. Lots of exceptional wines.
(05-1999) All elegance and fine texture. Beautiful aromas of milk chocolate and ripe berries. Full- to medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a sweet fruit, chocolate aftertaste. Hard to resist now.
(02-1997) I am an admirer of proprietor Valette, so it has given me no pleasure to write so-so reviews for recent Pavie vintages. I was pleased in this blind tasting to see how strongly both the 1989 and 1990 Pavies performed. Both slightly eclipsed my scores given immediately after bottling. The 1989 displays a deep rubygarnet color with no signs of amber at the edge. It offers up an exotic, spicy, fruitcake, earthy, chocolatey nose with sweet woodsy aromas in the background. Long and youthful, with noticeably hard tannin, this medium-bodied, concentrated 1989 appears to be a slowly evolving wine. With another 2-3 years of bottle age, it may merit an outstanding score.