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Pavie-Decesse

The history of Pavie-Decesse is closely linked with Châteay Pavie's, whose origins date back to the 4th century.

The former was an integral part of the latter until the end of the 19th century when Ferdinand Bouffard, who owned Pavie since 1885, decided to restructure his vineyard: by separating out several parcels, Pavie-Decesse was born.

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The new set-up at Pavie and Pavie-Decesse included joint vineyard management.

At the end of the first world war, Ferdinand Bouffard was forced to sell the vineyard to a M.Marzelle, under whose ownership Pavie-Decesse earned the title of Granc Cru Classé in the 1954 Saint-Emilion classification. In 1970, Marzelle died and the Valette family - who already owned Château Pavie- took over the direction of this neighboring property before finally buying it outright in 1990. And in 1997, Gérard Perse acquired Château Pavie-Decesse.

Each terroir nevertheless has a well-defined character, and wines from each one are kept entirerly separate. 

Pavie-Decesse, whose 3.5 hectares were detached from Pavie in 1885, is unusual in that it is entirely located on the Saint-Emilion limestone plateau.

Merlot grows very well on this soil, which also contains clay. The vineyard is well-ventilated and mainly planted with Merlot (90%). The rest consists of Cabernet Franc.

All this different factors produce rich, full-bodied wine. Pavie-Decesse is also quite complex with good tannic structure and excellent ageing potential, typical of the finest wines from the Saint-Emilion plateau.

Wine is made there with the same care as at Pavie, on which it borders, and with which it shares a very similar terroir.

Tasting different vintages of Pavie-Decesse has proved it is definetely one of the stars of the appelation.

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