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Pavie Macquin 2015

SubregionSt Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

So much violet and lilac aromas to this with blackberry and blueberry character, too. Full-bodied and delivering limestone, chalk and lavender on the palate. Great structure, too. Needs four or five years to soften. Better in 2022.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018

The 2015 Pavie-Macquin has an extrovert, exuberant and lush bouquet with savory red fruit, loam, roasted chestnut and mint, but it deteriorates and oxidizes in the glass. The palate is initially rounded and sumptuous on the entry, and very supple tannin with pure red cherries, kirsch, fig and raisin notes countered by the acidity. Unlike the aromatics this remains attractive with no signs of oxidation. If only the nose had not fallen apart - hence the question mark against my score. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

The 2015 Pavie Macquin offers tempting scents of raspberry preserve, black truffle and smoke on the nose, later becoming floral and very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh opening, lithe and supple, finely tuned acidity with a citrus-fresh, slightly piquant finish that is brimming over with tension that is needed because there is a lot of sweetness locked up in this Pavie Macquin. It will need 4 or 5 years in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2042.

Neal Martin, -, March 2018

The 2015 Pavie-Macquin is a blend of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 29 September and 17 October at 40 hl/ha. It has an almost decadent bouquet, perhaps more lascivious than the 2015 Larcis-Ducasse tasted alongside (as part of Nicolas Thienpont's "stable"), with fig-tinged red cherry and blackberry fruit, powerful but perhaps needing to muster a little more finesse? The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet core of citrus-fresh fruit. There is more nuance and precision here at the moment, fleshy and sensual with blood orange and cassis layered over the exuberant finish. It should be a delicious Saint Emilion this year, although I feel that the Larcis-Ducasse will have the sophistication and more longevity. Drink 2020-2040

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pavie Macquin bursts forth from the glass with profound notions of plum preserves, fruit cake, Indian spices and chargrilled meat with touches of black soil, mocha, cedar chest and unsmoked cigars. Full-bodied, voluptuously fruited and decadently styled in the mouth, the packed layers of black fruit preserves and exotic spices are well-matched by firm, ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness that sits comfortably in the background, finishing with great length and depth. 2022 - 2042

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

The purity of fruit and focus in this wine is so impressive. Full body, powerful and presistent. It goes on for minutes here.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

One of the highlights of the vintage, the 2015 Pavie Macquin is positively stellar. A veritable explosion of super-ripe red cherry, rose petal and mocha makes a strong opening statement. Silky on the palate, with soft tannins and tons of sheer exoticism, the 2015 is stunningly beautiful. All of the signatures of the site are turned up to the maximum in this vivid, head-spinning wine from estate manager Nicolas Thienpont and his team. Don't miss it! 2022 - 2045

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018

The 2015 Pavie Macquin is another tremendous wine from Nicolas Thienpont and his team. Inky, rich and voluptuous the 2015 is endowed with remarkable depth and plenty of underlying energy to back it all up. The flavors are dark, bold and incisive, as are the tannins. The 2015 is going to require quite a bit of time to come together, but it is impressive, that much is obvious. Pavie Macquin is 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between September 29 and October 17 and aged in 60% new oak.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Tasted blind. Not that concentrated crimson. Something a tad oxidised? Uncomfortable on the palate.
Drink 2024-2030

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

Sweet and rich on the nose. Then marked acidity on the palate. Rather different from and fresher than some earlier vintages.
Drink 2024-2038

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

Mid crimson. Beautifully fragrant with both red and dark fruit. Tastes very sweet on the palate, as if there were actually some residual sugar? Chewy texture and fruit and structure not fully integrated. The sweetness shows on the finish as it seems to clash with the acidity. Maybe it just needs more time than most. (JH) 14.5%
Drink 2025-2035

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017

Notes of cassis, toasted spice, toasty oak, and crushed flowers emerge from the 2015 Château Pavie Macquin, and it’s a rockin’ effort that marries elegance with full-bodied power and structure. With fine, fine tannin, high, yet integrated acidity, and a great mid-palate, it’s more approachable than either of the other Pavie releases, yet is still backward and unevolved. Give bottles 4-5 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following two to three decades. 2022 - 2052

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

Firm on the nose the start of the palate is tight but there is mid sweetness some rich black fruits. The tannins are fine supporting but not holding back the fruit with ripe fruit giving depth and richness on the finish. 2022-33

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

Very pretty and rather more evocative and floral than many, this is a joyful wine with a honed palate and superb finish.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016
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