Château Pavie Macquin 2014

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• Domaine: Château Pavie Macquin
• Appellation: Saint-Emilion
• Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classé B
• Origin: Right Bank, Bordeaux, France

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.      

Tasting Notes

"The Château Pavie-Macquin 2014 is a blend of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped between 6 and 14 October at 36 hectoliters per hectare. The nose is actually a distant cousin of Château Canon '14: very pure and delineated, quite sensual thanks to the embroidered 60% new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, a touch of white pepper lending a little spiciness. There is pleasing density on the finish, if not quite the complexity of either Canon or say, Château Pavie. I actually improves in the glass, gaining more composure and nuance, the aftertaste lengthening thanks to its saltiness. This is a fine Pavie-Macquin that should offer 10 to 15 years of pleasure, possibly more and I expect it will land at the top of my banded score." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/29/2015, Issue 218)  Ratings: 91-93, Drink: 2019-2040

"Coming from two parcels planted on the upper plateau, with a terroir like Troplong-Mondot, the 2014 Château Pavie Macquin is more backward than the 2015 (which is expected) and offers a masculine, firm, edgy style as well as lots of black cherry and currant fruits intermixed with smoked herbs, scorched earth and lots of minerality. This medium to full-bodied 2014 has good concentration, high, integrated acidity, and an age-worthy, classic style that needs 5-6 years of bottle age. It should have three decades of overall longevity." Jeb Dunnuck, Let The Good Times Roll: 2015 Bordeaux from Bottle, (11/30/2017) Rating: 92+

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Stock Status In Stock
Appellation Saint-Emilion
Vintage 2014
Brand Château Pavie Macquin
Shipping Weight 3.000000

Saint-Émilion is one of the most prestigious wine appellations in the Bordeaux region of France, renowned for its exceptional red wines and rich viticultural history. Located on the Right Bank of the Dordogne River, Saint-Émilion is a place of great beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its remarkable blend of natural and cultural attributes. The Saint-Émilion appellation is characterized by a diverse terroir featuring a mix of limestone, clay, and sandy soils that provide the foundation for its distinctive wines. The unique microclimates and elevations within the appellation contribute to the variety of flavors and styles found in Saint-Émilion wines.

The primary grape varieties used in Saint-Émilion wines are Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot often dominating the blends. These grapes thrive in the region's favorable climate, moderated by the proximity of the Dordogne River and the buffering effects of the limestone plateau.

Saint-Émilion is famous for its unique wine classification system, which divides the vineyards into four tiers: Premier Grand Cru Classé A, Premier Grand Cru Classé B, Grand Cru Classé, and Grand Cru. This classification reflects the quality and prestige of the individual vineyards and châteaux within the appellation, with only a select few achieving the highest ranking of Premier Grand Cru Classé A. Until the re-classification in 2022, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Ausone, Château Angelus, and Château Pavie were the only four members of the Premier Grand Cru Classé A tier. Out of disagreement with the standard-setting governing body, Cheval Blanc and Ausone voluntarily dropped out. Angelus followed suit shortly after. With Pavie remaining the only member, Premier Grand Cru Classé A saw the addition of Château Figeac following a long-expected and well-deserved promotion.

Saint-Émilion wines are known for their finesse, complex aromas, and beautiful balance of fruit, tannins, and acidity. While they share some similarities with wines from the neighboring Pomerol appellation, they often have a slightly more structured and tannic character due to the higher proportion of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon in the blends. With age, these wines develop a velvety texture and reveal an array of flavors, including dark fruits, floral notes, and hints of earthiness.

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