Château Pavie is one of only four Saint-Émilion estates designed as Premier Grand Cru Classé (A)
in the 2012 Classification, after having previously been a Premier Grand Cru Classé (B) since 1954. Pavie therefore joins Ausone, Angélus and Cheval Blanc at the summit of Saint-Émilion. The Pavie vineyard dates back to Roman times. It takes its name from the orchards of peaches ("pavies") that used to stand there. Château Pavie was an underperforming estate until it was acquired by Gérard Perse in 1998 and utterly transformed. Once known for mellow soft wine, Pavie today produces a much more dense and rich style. Pavie remains a darling of most (if not all) critics and routinely gets extremely high scores. There is a second wine called Pavie Les Arômes de Pavie.