Château Pavie Macquin 2015
• 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.
"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." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2/21/2018, Interim Issue) Ratings: 94, Drink: 2022-2042
"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." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/27/2016, Issue 224) Ratings: 91-93, Drink: 2020-2040
"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." Jeb Dunnuck, Let the Good Times Roll: 2015 Bordeaux from Bottle (11/30/2017) Rating: 94
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