The history of Pavie Decesse is indissociable with that of Pavie, and thus also dates back to the 4th century. The two formed a single estate for countless years. However, Ferdinand Bouffard, who bought Pavie in 1885, decided to combine several plots (a total of 3.5 hectares) into a separate vineyard he called Pavie Decesse.
Gérard Perse acquired Pavie Decesse in 1997, and Pavie itself shortly thereafter. He invested enormous time and energy into making both estates among the best in the entire appellation.
Pavie Decesse was included among the Grands Crus Classés of Saint-Emilion in the 1954 classification, and has maintained this rank ever since.
Although Pavie and Pavie Decesse's vines are both in the same block, they each have their own, very distinct terroir.
Pavie Decesse is located on the Saint-Emilion limestone plateau. The soil contains a high proportion of clay, and Merlot does extremely well there.
Asteriated limestone accounts for the wine's freshness, as well as its floral and mineral overtones. Generally considered less rich than Pavie, Pavie Decesse is nevertheless a fine "modern" Bordeaux.
Some connoisseurs find Pavie and Pavie Decesse wines have many things in common. This is undoubtedly due to the similar winemaking techniques. Over the past ten years, Gérard Perse and Michel Rolland have unquestionably brought Pavie-Decesse up to a level it had never previously achieved.
With the exception of 2002, a difficult year for everyone on the Right Bank, all recent vintages have all been excellent. Among older vintages, 1990 and 1982 Pavie-Decesse are particularly successful.
Very popular on international markets, and only available in small quantities due to Château Pavie-Decesse's small size.