Pavie Macquin 2018

SubregionSt Emilion

Stéphane Derenoncourt and Nicolas Thienpont produce this impressively concentrated wine from vines that are situated between Pavie and Troplong Mondot. The 15 hectares are planted with 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Tasting Notes

Very deep in colour. The nose is dense and sweet, with notes of blackcurrant fruit pastilles and liquorice. The palate follows, with palate-coating, chewy tannins and very toasty oak to the fore. The fruit is very concentrated and sweet, all damsons and jam. The finish is long and impressive, but this feels slightly too warm and over-extracted.

Score: 14.5Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

The 2018 Pavie Macquin was cropped at 47hL/ha from 20 September until the 12 October. This distinctly has a more ravishing and opulent bouquet compared to Larcis Ducasse, although I find it does not convey the same degree of mineral drive. It does settle down nicely in the glass and evolves subtle rose petal and blood orange aromas. The palate is medium-bodied saturated, velvety tannins matched with pitch-perfect acidity. There is freshness from start to finish here with a sense of vibrancy towards the finish as good as anything you will find in the appellation. Outstanding. 2025 - 2050

Score: 95/97Neal Martin,, November 2019

The 2018 Pavie Macquin is deep garnet-purple colored and a little closed to begin, slowly revealing subtle notions of dark chocolate, candied violets and rose hip tea over a core of plum preserves, blueberry compote and cherry coulis plus wafts of woodsmoke and crushed stones. Full-bodied, the palate has a seriously impressive structure of ripe, firm, velvety tannins and bold freshness carrying off all that rich black fruit, finishing very long and mineral laced.

Score: 95/97Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

This is a decadent and beautiful young wine with wild aromas and flavors of meat, wet earth and plums. Very complex. Full-bodied yet soft and very velvety. The tannins melt into the wine, as if they aren’t there. Extremely long finish. 78 per cent merlot, 20 per cent cabernet franc and two per cent cabernet sauvignon.

Score: 97/98James Suckling,, April 2019

The 2018 Pavie Macquin is terrific. Ample, creamy and flamboyant, Pavie Macquin possesses extraordinary richness and intensity. Super-ripe dark cherry, raspberry, chocolate, spice, new leather, lavender and violets build in a wine of real pedigree. To be sure, Pavie Macquin is a big wine that is going to need a number of years in bottle to be at its best. The flamboyant style may not appeal to every palate. Today, the new oak is a bit imposing, but élevage should take care of that. Tasted three times.

Score: 92/95Antonio Galloni,, May 2019

Inky coloured core. Pure, clean-cut cassis aroma. Lifted and lively on the nose. On the palate, all fruit, so much fruit that the other components are outshone. At the moment this makes it rather simple but it has depth and richness and the freshness to develop though it seems a little one-dimensional now. Relatively light on the mid palate and still balanced.
Drink 2023-2031

Score: 16.5Julia Harding MW,, April 2019

From a cooler, pure limestone terroir just over the hill from Château Pavie, the 2018 Château Pavie Macquin offers an incredible assortment of red and black fruits, cedary spice, white truffle, graphite, and beautiful minerality. Showing the cooler, complex, concentrated style of the vineyard, it's full-bodied and powerful on the palate, with no shortage of extract or tannins. The wine always has a healthy pH and needs bottle age to show at its best. A solid 7-8 years are warranted here, and it will keep for 2-3 decades. The 2018 is 78% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, representing 90% of the total production. I think this estate has been underrated in the market and it can still be found for reasonable prices. It ages beautifully and I doubt you could have too much in the cellar.

Score: 97/99Jeb Dunnuck,, May 2019

Packed with very expressive boysenberry and red currant paste aromas and flavors, this is dense and fleshy in feel, but has the energy to easily carry it off. Lots of chalky cut on the long finish. Rock-solid.

Score: 95/98James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, March 2019

This is just so good. Not overly big, it has nuance, sapidity and grace, with space between the lines. It's not sacrificing its concentration but it gives you a chance to get onboard and accompany it along the way. I love the quality of the brambled blackberry and loganberry fruit here, and the touch of austerity that gives a welcome note of bitter chocolate to the finish. It has great tannic grip and there's no question that this will age well, but it's also extremely drinkable now. Tasted several times, and each occasion blew me away. My favourite vintage to date from this property.

47hl/ha yields, as in 2016.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2042

Score: 98Jane Anson,, April 2019

(78 Merlot, 20 Cabernet Franc, 2 Cabernet Sauvignon) | 45% new oak | 14.5 % alc This is a very rich and exotic wine and while the oak is high tone, the fruit manages to cope with it admirably. The perfume is excellent and the length is considerable and so this is one of the successes of the vintage.

Score: 17.5Matthew Jukes,, April 2019

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