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: 92/94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
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: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
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: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
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: 95/97||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 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.
|Score: 16||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 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: 14.5||Farr 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: 87/91||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, 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: 92||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, 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|