Pavie Macquin 2017

SubregionSt Emilion

Stéphane Derenoncourt and Nicolas Thienpont produce this impressively concentrated wine from vines that are situated between Pavie and Troplong Mondot.

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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Pavie-Macquin was impressive from barrel and now in bottle, it continues to show potential. The bouquet is very pure with small dark cherries, cassis, violet and peony aromas. The new oak is nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that belie the backbone of this Saint-Émilion. There is a citric element that suffuses the intense black fruit laced with graphite and tar, the limestone soils offering freshness on the finish. Excellent. Drink 2025-2045.

Score: 93Neal Martin,, February 2020

The 2017 Pavie-Macquin was picked at 34hl/ha from 20 September to 9 October and is matured in 60% new oak. I am quite smitten by the nose here, perhaps more than Larcis-Ducasse at this early stage – very pure with scents of black cherries, cassis and violet, showing a little more opulence than the aforementioned Saint-Émilion. The palate is sweet and sensual on the entry with blackberry, raspberry, a pinch of white pepper and spice. The tannins here feel very fine and the final half is unapologetically silky smooth in texture, the new oak seamlessly integrated. This could turn out to be one of the picks on the Right Bank. 2022 - 2045

Score: 92/94Neal Martin,, May 2018

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Pavie Macquin comes charging out of the glass with exuberant scents of warm black cherries, blackberry pie and wild blueberry coulis plus hints of menthol, licorice, candied violets and charcuterie. Medium-bodied, the palate is an exercise in precision and poise, featuring a beautiful frame of wonderfully ripe, very fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long and multilayered. Simply stunning! The blend here is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 70% new.
Drink Date
2021 - 2046

Score: 97Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, March 2020

The 2017 Pavie Macquin is deep garnet-purple in color and opens with flamboyant notes of warm black and red plums, black cherries and tilled soil with delicate touches of cloves, star anise, red roses and forest floor. Medium-bodied with a firm backbone of very finely grained, very ripe tannins and tons of freshness, it has wonderfully elegant yet intense fruit layers and a long, minerally finish. Just beautiful.

Score: 95/97Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

A mouth-filling wine with supple and complete tannins that are caressing and engaging. Fascinating aromas and flavors of blackberries, iodine and violets. Extremely long and beautiful. Wait until 2024.

Score: 95James Suckling, (June 2019), January 2020

Very solid center palate of fruit and firm, silky tannins. Linear and bright with a focused and pretty finish. Full-bodied, tight and precise. Very clear and bright.

Score: 94/95James Suckling,, April 2018

The 2017 Pavie Macquin is a rich, deep and super-expressive wine with remarkable persistence. As always, Pavie Macquin is a potent Saint-Émilion, but the 2017 has terrific energy as well. In 2017, Pavie-Macquin is not as forthcoming in its youth as it can be, and is going to need a few years in bottle to truly come together. A bit of time in the glass brings out very pretty floral top notes and rich, sensual fruit that is such a signature of this site. Tasted three times. Drink 2025-2037

Score: 95Antonio Galloni, (March 2020), March 2020

sexy, racy wine, the 2017 Pavie Macquin is full of personality. A rush of sweet red cherry, plum, rose petal, mint and blood orange infuses this sumptuous, racy Saint-Émilion. A wine of striking purity and total class, Pavie Macquin dazzles. As always, Pavie Macquin is marked by stunning fruit purity, red fruit, soft contours and silky, voluptuous tannins. In 2017, the blend has a bit more Cabernet Franc than in the past, now that younger vineyards have come online.

Score: 93/96Antonio Galloni,, May 2018

Dark smudgy crimson. Pretty cassis aroma, with the graphite of Cabernet Franc and a touch of elderberry. Mouth-watering freshness, really fruity and rounded. Not fleshy; tight and balanced. Alive and persistent but not a great amount of depth.
Drink 2024-2035

Score: 16Julia Harding MW,, April 2018

Rich and jammy on the nose, with cassis, kirsch and plenty of vanilla extract. The palate is sweet, ripe and rich, this is a classic Garagiste-style wine, but despite the high level of extraction and warmth of alcohol, the level of fruit concentration just holds together the palate. This is very modern, with plenty of sweet spice and exotic smokiness, but it does not reach the extremes of some others.

Score: 14.5Farr Vintners, April 2018

It is a bit of a mixture freshness then sweet fruit richness and depth. The fruit is ripe mid fleshiness but at the back the fresher black fruits give a lighter feel and brightness on the finish. 2025-36

Score: 87/91Derek Smedley MW,, April 2018

Well-controlled damson notes are joined by an elegant balance of oak and fruit. This is austere and tightly buttoned up, taking its time to show itself. There's a burst of liquorice root and some salinity, and the limestone touch is clear, but it doesn't quite build over the palate as you might expect it to, suggesting that the fruit was just a fraction under ideal ripeness. Still, this is accomplished winemaking that almost rises above the constraints of the year.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2038

Score: 92Jane Anson,, April 2018

Plush and ripe with some fondant notes and massive oak overlaying the core of black fruit, this is a showy creation and it will appeal to those wine lovers without a sensitive disposition! In need of ten years minimum ageing before you drink it, this is an impressive wine in this vintage and it is one of the most densely coloured wines, too.

Score: 17.5+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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