Château Pavie Macquin

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

9.2586 ratings
9.1103 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Michael Herzog

Loads of mushroom and earth. Plummy, smooth and just kept getting better.

Loads of mushroom and earth. Plummy, smooth and just kept getting better.

Apr 11th, 2021
Chris McClellan

Ripe blueberry, baking spices and slight leather...took some time to open...then the cab frank started to show itself and integrated beautifully..

Ripe blueberry, baking spices and slight leather...took some time to open...then the cab frank started to show itself and integrated beautifully..

Jun 22nd, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

Felt it was a good ten year in bottle check on the 08 Pavie Macquin. I wasn’t expecting the wine to blow my hair back but, I expected a little something better.

The 2008 Bordeaux growing season was one of difficult weather through August. Then, grand weather in September & October saved the vintage. Well...with this one, it likely made a bad vintage into just a good one.

The nose reveals classic Merlot based nose, nice Claret. The fruits are ripe, slightly ruby & candied but, a little dull. Blackberries, black raspberries, baked, dark cherries, black raspberries & stewed strawberries. Dark fruit cola, vanilla, black licorice, dark, rich earth, stones, touch leather, cinnamon stick, some graphite, light herbal quality with candied dark, red, & a touch fresh of blue florals framed in violets.

The body is just full & very velvety. The tension & structure are a little soft. The balance is good as is the length. However as it continues on the palate is just never pops. In fact, leaner & somewhat hollow. It lacks depth & complexity. The fruits are ripe, slightly ruby & candied but, a little dull. Blackberries, black raspberries, baked, dark cherries, black raspberries & stewed strawberries. Dark fruit cola, vanilla, black licorice, dark, rich earth, stones, soft, velvety leather, cinnamon stick, some graphite, light herbal quality with candied dark, red, & a touch fresh of blue florals framed in violets. The acidity is really nice, fresh. The finish is, soft, elegant, the same wire to wire but, just never dazzles.

I am afraid this is not showing any signs of being in a dumb phase. Nor, is it showing any earmarks that it is going to improve, just evolve.

Photos of; Chateau Pavie Macquin, signage tell you are close, Winemaker - Nicolas Thienpont & their barrel room.

Felt it was a good ten year in bottle check on the 08 Pavie Macquin. I wasn’t expecting the wine to blow my hair back but, I expected a little something better.

The 2008 Bordeaux growing season was one of difficult weather through August. Then, grand weather in September & October saved the vintage. Well...with this one, it likely made a bad vintage into just a good one.

The nose reveals classic Merlot based nose, nice Claret. The fruits are ripe, slightly ruby & candied but, a little dull. Blackberries, black raspberries, baked, dark cherries, black raspberries & stewed strawberries. Dark fruit cola, vanilla, black licorice, dark, rich earth, stones, touch leather, cinnamon stick, some graphite, light herbal quality with candied dark, red, & a touch fresh of blue florals framed in violets.

The body is just full & very velvety. The tension & structure are a little soft. The balance is good as is the length. However as it continues on the palate is just never pops. In fact, leaner & somewhat hollow. It lacks depth & complexity. The fruits are ripe, slightly ruby & candied but, a little dull. Blackberries, black raspberries, baked, dark cherries, black raspberries & stewed strawberries. Dark fruit cola, vanilla, black licorice, dark, rich earth, stones, soft, velvety leather, cinnamon stick, some graphite, light herbal quality with candied dark, red, & a touch fresh of blue florals framed in violets. The acidity is really nice, fresh. The finish is, soft, elegant, the same wire to wire but, just never dazzles.

I am afraid this is not showing any signs of being in a dumb phase. Nor, is it showing any earmarks that it is going to improve, just evolve.

Photos of; Chateau Pavie Macquin, signage tell you are close, Winemaker - Nicolas Thienpont & their barrel room.

Apr 12th, 2020
Shay A
9.4

Last week was a combo of 4th Friday and Open That Bottle Night on back to back nights. Needless to say, the lineup between both days was full of heavy hitters, so I’m only posting standout bottles.

If I was served this blind, I might have taken this to high end Napa. There was quite a bit of fresh and ripe fruits here, mostly toward the blue and black side of the spectrum...sweet blueberries, freshly squeezed blackberries, sandalwood, espresso, nutmeg and fig. Oak was fairly noticeable but didn’t detract. Nothing shy about this. Pop with a lengthy decant or hold for another 5yrs.

Last week was a combo of 4th Friday and Open That Bottle Night on back to back nights. Needless to say, the lineup between both days was full of heavy hitters, so I’m only posting standout bottles.

If I was served this blind, I might have taken this to high end Napa. There was quite a bit of fresh and ripe fruits here, mostly toward the blue and black side of the spectrum...sweet blueberries, freshly squeezed blackberries, sandalwood, espresso, nutmeg and fig. Oak was fairly noticeable but didn’t detract. Nothing shy about this. Pop with a lengthy decant or hold for another 5yrs.

Mar 7th, 2020
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9.3

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. (Neal Martin, Vinous, February 2020)

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. (Neal Martin, Vinous, February 2020)

Feb 12th, 2020
"Odedi"

It's time for some #MerlotThursday. Here is a fruit forward Merlot from Bordeaux.

Showing black and red fruits with wood, vanilla, earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, wet leaves, black tea, black pepper, spices, dark coffee, earth and leather.

Medium finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is still young and a little harsh, even after opening up, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Needed 3 hours to open up.

Showing great potential. This is from a great vintage, and will age nicely in the next 20 years. I would suggest not to touch it for another 3 years.

I've had the 2012 last year, and although this is much younger, it is much tastier already.

Robert Parker 94 points.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$100.

It's time for some #MerlotThursday. Here is a fruit forward Merlot from Bordeaux.

Showing black and red fruits with wood, vanilla, earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, wet leaves, black tea, black pepper, spices, dark coffee, earth and leather.

Medium finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is still young and a little harsh, even after opening up, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Needed 3 hours to open up.

Showing great potential. This is from a great vintage, and will age nicely in the next 20 years. I would suggest not to touch it for another 3 years.

I've had the 2012 last year, and although this is much younger, it is much tastier already.

Robert Parker 94 points.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$100.

Jun 13th, 2019
Antonio Galloni

Founder, Vinous

9.4

Simply magical....

Simply magical....

Apr 7th, 2019
"Odedi"

For #MerlotThursday here's a nice Bordeaux.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Earthy nose with blueberries, cherries, wood, earth, vanilla, spices, licorice, pencil lead, vegetables, wet leaves, leather, peppercorn and vinaigrette.

Full-bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, vegetables, vanilla, earth, vanilla, pencil lead, tobacco leaf, wet leaves, river rocks, spices, peppercorn and leather.

Medium finish with grippy tannins and tart cherries.

This is a young Right Bank Bordeaux. Not fully balanced with a nice mouthfeel and great complexity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the big tannins.

Still young and needs 5 to 10 years in the bottle to mature properly.

A blend of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, and some light appetizers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$70.

For #MerlotThursday here's a nice Bordeaux.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Earthy nose with blueberries, cherries, wood, earth, vanilla, spices, licorice, pencil lead, vegetables, wet leaves, leather, peppercorn and vinaigrette.

Full-bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, vegetables, vanilla, earth, vanilla, pencil lead, tobacco leaf, wet leaves, river rocks, spices, peppercorn and leather.

Medium finish with grippy tannins and tart cherries.

This is a young Right Bank Bordeaux. Not fully balanced with a nice mouthfeel and great complexity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the big tannins.

Still young and needs 5 to 10 years in the bottle to mature properly.

A blend of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, and some light appetizers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$70.

Nov 29th, 2018
Bill Bender

The Pavie flagship may get all the love but this Macquin is extraordinary! This may have the most intriguing sultry nose of any wine I’ve opened this year—crushed violets, burnt cedar chips and granite with a dash of garrigue. My actual nose actually touched the wine and got wet, that’s how drawn I was to the bouquet. But this Bordeaux was a a great deal more than mere aromatics.....dark full viscosity waves mark the sides of the glass, the oak is there but it melds very harmoniously with the black cherry, blackberry compote, stewed fig and damp earth flavor flood. Very lush, undeniably elegant and so smooth and satisfying. I’m enjoying this tonight and I know this is my first post in a while but I’m still alive....I hope to catch up with my @Delectablewine Delectablewine wine fam and post all the wines in my photo queue soon. Cheers 🥂

The Pavie flagship may get all the love but this Macquin is extraordinary! This may have the most intriguing sultry nose of any wine I’ve opened this year—crushed violets, burnt cedar chips and granite with a dash of garrigue. My actual nose actually touched the wine and got wet, that’s how drawn I was to the bouquet. But this Bordeaux was a a great deal more than mere aromatics.....dark full viscosity waves mark the sides of the glass, the oak is there but it melds very harmoniously with the black cherry, blackberry compote, stewed fig and damp earth flavor flood. Very lush, undeniably elegant and so smooth and satisfying. I’m enjoying this tonight and I know this is my first post in a while but I’m still alive....I hope to catch up with my @Delectablewine Delectablewine wine fam and post all the wines in my photo queue soon. Cheers 🥂

Sep 16th, 2018
Cody Short

Modern but really good. Decanted 2 hrs

Modern but really good. Decanted 2 hrs

Aug 19th, 2018