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2019 Château Pavie Macquin, St Emilion

Offered at £590 per dozen bottles compared to £632 for the 2018, the 2019 Pavie Macquin receives 95-97 points from Neal Martin, describing the palate as having a “satin-like texture, almost Vosne-Romanée-like... a seriously good Pavie-Macquin from Nicolas Thienpont and his team”.   We have noticed this beautiful texture in other 2019 St-Emilions, a very welcome and refreshing elegance to accompany the power of the vintage. 

 

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Château Pavie Macquin, St Emilion

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Château Pavie Macquin, St Emilion

Château Pavie Macquin is named after the grandfather of the current owners, Albert Macquin (1852-1911), who Saint-Emilion has to thank for the use of grafted plants designed to save the vineyards devastated by phylloxera.   Rated Grand Cru Classé, the estate has 15 hectares of vines on a limestone-clay plateau over asteriated limestone.  The wine is a blend of 78% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.  It spends 16-20 months in 50% new oak barrels.  Around 5,500 cases are made each year.

In 1994, Nicolas Thienpont was named the manager. For several years, his son Cyrille has been playing an active role.  

 

RED 2019 Château Pavie Macquin 75cl £295 per case of 6 Château Pavie Macquin
2019 / / 75cl
£295 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Pavie Macquin feels very tight on the nose at first and certainly from my sample bottle, I allowed it 15-20 minutes to open. Eventually it reveals very intense scents of black cherries, cassis and crushed violet, touches of blood orange in the background. The palate has a satin-like texture, almost Vosne-Romanée-like, with extraordinarily pure blue and black fruit. Seamless! There is fine tension on the finish with impressive persistence. This is a seriously good Pavie-Macquin from Nicolas Thienpont and his team. 2025 - 2055. 95-97 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"Violet-edged floral attack, hitting you straight up with the full range of concentrated black fruits and spices. Such a great quality wine that stands out from the pack. Full of nuance, just when you think you are done it pushes another flavour into the room. The texture is controlled and precise, with slate edges that slow down its progress through the palate; just all round excellent terroir and winemaking. Tasted twice, a week apart, and its the depth to the palate that really sets it apart, and the mouth-scrapingly slow slate finish. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044. 97 points." Jane Anson, Decanter------"Really classy red, offering blueberries, minerals, salt, limestone and light fresh herbs. It’s full-bodied, but so refined. Fine layers of fruit and tannins. It’s like millefeuille. The 2018 is more exuberant, but I love the elegance and structure here. Subtle and complex. 78% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon. 98-99 points." James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020

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