Robert Parker – 97
This amazing wine has turned out to be a modern-day classic. Like its bigger sister, Pavie, it has dropped some of its baby fat and exoticism, but remains a dense ruby/purple color with notes of mocha, mulberries and black cherry jam buttressed by serious, ripe tannin and decent acidity. Almost over-the-top in its youth, it has calmed down considerably, is well-delineated and pure with great balance as well as a full-bodied, vigorous, exuberant mouthfeel. One of the superstars of the vintage, the 2003 Pavie Decesse is capable of lasting another 10-15+ years.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029
Vinous – 91+
Good full, healthy ruby-red. Superripe aromas of raspberry, currant and cocoa powder; more liqueur-like and less minerally than the 2004 or 2005. Then fat, sweet and exotic, but with superb concentration and retention of fruit. A rather powerful and very broad version of this wine. Finishes with huge but ripe tannins that call for at least a few years of patience. Gerard Perse bottled this, the Bellevue-Mondotte and the Pavie very late, in February of this year, due to the sheer magnitude of the tannins, and these three wines will all need more time to recover from the mise
JancisRobinson.com – 14.0
Very dark crimson with weak rim. Horrid dead fruit aromas with a touch of animal fur. I just can’t understand why any winemaker would think this smells attractive – but then wine appreciation is a thoroughly subjective activity… Sweet and porty and jammy and extremely alcoholic. Quite sharp tannins on the finish which is decidedly weak. Very very confected. Everything upfront rather than a persistent whole.
Anticipated maturity: 2006-2010