The 2016 Pavie Maquin, matured in 50% new oak, has a rich, opulent bouquet that doles out layers of black cherry and boysenberry fruit, then finds more refinement and draws everything back once you’ve been seduced. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, grippy in the mouth, with a masculine, minerally finish and a saline aftertaste. Comparing two bottles, one at the London UGC and one at the château, I found that the latter displayed more detail and nuance. 14.5% alcohol. Drink 2022-2045
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Pavie-Macquin is a blend of 82% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in 50% new oak, picked from 7 October (with the young Merlot vines) until 22 October. The pH is 3.35 and it has 14.4% alcohol. I appreciate the intensity of this Pavie-Macquin. This is no shy retiring flower but comes out with cylinders pumping while maintaining the delineation, the detail that you look for. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry, velvety in texture with plenty of luscious red berry fruit, vanilla and a hint of blueberry. It glides across the palate, the new oak neatly integrated. This is easily my pick of Nicolas Thienpont's 2016s and one of the best Pavie-Macquins that I have tasted at this stage.
Drink Date 2026 - 2050
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Pavie Macquin charges out of the glass with gregarious black cherries, warm blackberries and wild blueberries scents followed up by loads of red roses, baking spices, cedar chest and unsmoked cigars sparks plus a waft of wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is an exercise in poise, revealing layer upon layer of cherries and berries flavors and tons of savory nuances, framed by firm yet exquisitely ripe tannins, finishing very long. Drinbk 2021-2048.
|Score: 96||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim En), November 2018|
This is very linear and driven with a precise and driven center palate. Full-bodied, tight and compact. Energetic and well formed. Give it at least five years. Try from 2024.
|Score: 97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019|
This is a really fantastic PM! The licorice, fresh mushroom, sous bois and stone character is so exciting. It’s full and very layered with exceptional depth and length. Compressed and focused. Pure silk.
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
A wine of total finesse, the 2016 Pavie Macquin is also one of the most riveting wines of the vintage. Silky and supple on the palate, with no hard edges and exceptional balance, it takes over all the senses and never lets up. The flavors are bright, precise and beautifully nuanced. Above all else, Pavie Macquin is a wine of elegance, and that is exactly what comes through in the 2016. The wine plays in the dimensions of bright, floral-infused, red-toned fruits, silky tannins and length more than pure power or breadth. The 2016 is a stunningly beautiful bottle of wine and one of the finest reds of the year - it's as simple as that. In 2016, Nicolas Thienpont opted for long macerations of around four weeks in a combination of cement and oak. Tasted three times.
|Score: 96/99||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Very dark. Pretty thick and ripe on the nose (2% Cabernet Sauvignon). Balsamic de Modena character! Just a bit much for me but I have to admire it. Big and beefy. Rather hard work. Very much sets its cap at the blockbuster lover. Well done within that framework... Marmite end.
|Score: 16.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
Stéphane Derenoncourt and Nicolas Thienpont produce this impressively concentrated wine from vines that are situated between Pavie and Troplong Mondot. 82% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep in colour with notes of coconut, sweet damson and charcoal on the nose. Ripe, sweet and extractive on the palate. Dense, jammy and powerful, but with just enough lift from acidity, this is a big and sweet wine, but not quite in the over-extractive range of some others in this style.
|Score: 15||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
Possibly the finest vintage of this cuvée to date, the 2016 Château Pavie Macquin comes from a cooler, later terroir on the upper plateau and checks in as 82% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 50% new oak. This deep, inky-colored effort boasts a rock star bouquet of blackcurrants, black cherries, white truffle, graphite, and spice. Deep, rich, and powerful on the palate, yet also balanced, elegant, and seamless, with ultra-fine tannins, this seamless beauty needs a decade of cellaring and will keep for 4-5 decades. Drink 2029-2069.
|Score: 98+||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
A bit of a blockbuster the nose is sweet with ripe fruit the mid palate chunky beefy, lots of Bovril. There is a hint of bramble some red fruits but not enough to balance and it finishes jammy and over sweet. 2025-35
|Score: 85/89||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
|Score: 89||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
This is a Derencourt-Thienpont wine, working together as a consultancy. Deep, intense, autumnal berry fruits make for a great St-Émilion delivering huge impact. It veers towards chunky, but the tannins are not solid and there is a freshness and life to them that makes them present without being choking. Very good indeed.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 94||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|