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Pavie Macquin 2021

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > St Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

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

Another success in this challenging year is the 2021 Pavie Macquin, a promising effort that offers up aromas of sweet berries, Indian spices, licorice and bay leaf. Medium to full-bodied, layered and incisive, it's a tensile, tightly wound wine that's concentrated and penetrating, concluding with a mineral finish. Its low pH profile means that this is always an estate that gains a lot from élevage, but even at this early stage, it's clear that this has excellent potential.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (260), April 2022

The 2021 Pavie Macquin was picked from 4 to 19 October at 37hL/ha, the Grand Vin representing around 80% of the crop. Matured in 50% new oak, it clearly has the most fruit concentration amongst Nicolas Thienpont's portfolio with black cherries, blueberry and bilberry fruit, just a faint touch of orange rind in the background. The palate is fresh and well-structured on the entry, insistent grip and a pleasant seam of sapidity running through this Saint-Émilion. More "vertical" than usual, this is nicely focused with a delineated, quite mineral-driven finish that showcases its asteriated limestone terroir. Excellent.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2022

The 2021 is a blend of 79% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vivid purple colour. Slightly tarry fruit on the nose shows cherry jam and poached plums. Very smoky with a rich extract on the palate, the fruit seems tightly wound and hidden by structure and wood. The finishing impression is one of sweet red fruit, suggesting promise to come if this can marry with the tones of cedar, tobacco and charred wood.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022

Lots of blackberry and inky character to this year. Always refined and polished with lovely length and medium body. 79% merlot, 19% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2021 Pavie Macquin charges out of the gate with bold notions of blackberry pie, red currant jelly and kirsch, plus hints of crushed rocks, pencil shavings, and violets. Medium-bodied, the palate has beautiful restraint and elegance, featuring a quiet intensity of black and red berry flavors, framed by plush tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

Beautifully poised, dark ruby in colour, full of rippled fruit flavours, stands out in the appellation. It hasn't got miraculously riper than all the rest but it is handled with skill, and has a truly juicy mouthwatering finish and slate tannins that show grip and tenacity against the serious, austere structure. Expect raspberry, greengage and redcurrant fruits that need to fatten out a little over ageing, but everything is in place to do so. This is the plateau speaking. 37hl/h yield, harvest October 4 to 19, 50% new oak. Tasted twice.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2022

79% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cask sample.
Deep purple-crimson. Aromatically rich with red-berry and vanilla notes. Fleshy fruit on the palate. Powerful tannic frame, certainly within the context of the vintage. Well knit. Definite terroir note. Drives on the finish. Potential. (JL)
Drink 2028 – 2040

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2022
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