Château Pavie Macquin 1989
• Domaine: Château Pavie Macquin
• Appellation: Saint-Emilion
• Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classé B
• Origin: Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
Château Pavie Macquin is a St-Émilion Premiere Grand Crus Classés property that exemplifies the connection between man and terroir. The estate boasts a rich history that is heavily steeped in a century-spanning relationship between vine and vigneron. The grand vin of Château Pavie Macquin are considered truly extraordinary, with a beautifully pronounced minerality that captures the truest essence of St-Émilion terroir.
The property was once a part of the large estate of Ferdinand Bouffard, a very popular 19th Century négociant. Ferdinand Bouffard is famously accredited for the inception of the illustrious Premiere Grand Crus Classés A property, Château Pavie. Château Pavie Macquin was a smaller portion of the estate and was acquired by Albert Macquin, who was the leading specialist in grafting American rootstock to European vitis vinifera vines. His remarkable work helped vignerons in Bordeaux combat the catastrophic phylloxera plague at the turn of the century. In the true tradition of the times, Château Pavie Macquin was named after Macquin.
The 15-hectares of vines are located on the Côte Pavie, near the vineyards of Château Pavie, Château Pavie-Decesse and Château Troplong Mondot. There are nine different types of soil, with different variations of limestone and clay. Before 1988, the wines of this estate were fairly mediocre and it wasn’t until the self-made vigneron - who seemingly the Midas touch - Nicolas Thienpont joined the team in 1994 that the quality of the grand vin skyrocketed. Soon critics began to take notice. Nicolas Thienpont’s grandfather purchased Château Troplong-Mondot and though there was a familial connection to winemaking, Nicolas studied law and philosophy at University before venturing into the Wine Trade. One might even go so far as to say that his interests in philosophy and law explain his devotion to producing wines in the image of terroir: it is the law he lives by.
Nicolas staunchly believes that the quality of a wine is the expression of its terroir. Château Pavie Macquin switched to organic farming, using 100% organic techniques for vineyard management. It seems like Nicolas’ strong principles serve him well, as every vineyard he manages and implements his techniques at achieves a wealth of accolades and critical acclaim. It was Nicholas Thienpont’s management that turned Château Larciss Ducasse into a Premiere Grand Cru Classé in 2012 and Château Bellevue into a Premiere Grand Crus.
Château Pavie Macquin has vineyards that are planted with 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines tend to ripen a bit later here, and the grapes are optically sorted before vinification at Château Pavie Macquin. In the vat room, the wines are fermented whole berry in a mixture of concrete and oak fermenters. In truly great vintages, the grand vin does require a bit of time to fully reveal themselves and we suggest letting them rest for 10-12 years. The wines at Château Pavie Macquin have been described as richly concentrated and lush wines with long finishes. They are extremely generous and offer a beautiful combination of power and minerality.
"I have been extolling the virtues of these wines since the late eighties. Extremely old vines, organic farming, and some of the lowest yields in Bordeaux produce densely-colored, highly-extracted, exceptionally pure and elegant wines that possess a Burgundian-like texture and complexity. The 1989 continues to be one of that vintages "sleepers." The color remains a youthful ruby/purple. The bouquet offers copious quantities of black-raspberry and cassis fruit nicely touched by stony/mineral and floral scents. The spicy, vanillin component is subtle. This full-bodied, highly-extracted, elegant wine should reach full maturity in 2-3 years; it will last through the first 15 years of the next century." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (2/27/1997, Issue 109), Ratings: 90
"The 1989 Pavie-Macquin is one of the sleepers of the vintage. The opaque deep ruby/purple color suggests old vines and sensational extract. The implications drawn from the wine's color are fulfilled in the mouth. Fabulously concentrated, with wonderful purity of raspberry flavor, and fine balance, this massive, highly extracted, medium-bodied wine should last for up to 20 years. It is a real beauty." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (2/27/1993, Issue 85), Ratings: 90
"Which St.-Emilion tastes like a grand cru red burgundy - let's say Musigny? The 1989 Pavie-Macquin, which is one of the great sleepers of the vintage. The opaque deep ruby/purple color suggests very old vines and sensational extract. The implications drawn from the wine's color are fulfilled in the mouth. Fabulously concentrated, with wonderful purity of raspberry flavor, and great balance, this massive, highly extracted, medium to full-bodied wine should last for up to 20 years. It is a real beauty. This property is largely unknown, so move quickly before the price soars." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (4/22/1992, Issue 80), Ratings: 90
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