A monumental wine and undoubtedly one of the best the château has ever produced. The dark, intense, ruby-red colour does not seem to have taken on any age at all. The nose is very fresh, with lots of very ripe and juicy berry fruit as well as refined toasty notes that fit in beautifully. This vintage shows us that a strong oak influence marries very well with Pavie’s fruit in full-bodied vintages. 2000 Pavie is very smooth and suave on the palate with a great balance between tannin and acidity. The mouth feel is very pleasant, and there is a wonderful velvety sensation. The aftertaste is spicy, with a hint of cocoa and the unique flavour of a noble terroir, in a prime location on the Saint-Émilion limestone plateau. The finish is super long and very distinguished. It is a huge pleasure to taste this wine, which has quite a reputation around the world. Its stellar quality calls for more elaborate dishes such as veal chops with black truffle, pigeon with Burlat cherries, canon d’agneau (boneless filled and rolled loin of lamb), and lamb sweetbreads with artichoke.