Château Pavie, under Gérard Perse (of Monbousquet, who bought the estate in 1998), has become one of Saint-Émilion’s leading châteaux. Perse is an absolute perfectionist and since he took over in 1998 he has managed the vineyard with nothing short of brilliance and his grapes are treated with kid gloves.
Dating back to the 19th Century, Pavie is situated on one of the district's most desirable plots in the hills south-east of the village of Saint-Émilion. The estate was already famous by the mid-19th century, being named by the Bordeaux bible at the time ‘Bordeaux et ses vins’ (published by published by Cocks and Feret’s) as one of the First classed Growths in Saint-Émilion.
Back to the present day, and Gérard and Chantal Perse, who extensively replanted and expanded their vineyard holding to 37 hectares (the largest of all the Premier Cru Classé A estates) planted to 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and oversaw a complete renovation of the estate. The vineyard is farmed using sustainable techniques; 70% of the vineyard is farmed using organic methods, with the ultimate goal of the estate to become 100% organic. As well as the typically rich, minerally grand vin, Pavie produces a second wine, the Aromes de Pavie.