Château Pavie Macquin 2017
• 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.
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Pavie Macquin comes charging out of the glass with exuberant scents of warm black cherries, blackberry pie and wild blueberry coulis plus hints of menthol, licorice, candied violets and charcuterie. Medium-bodied, the palate is an exercise in precision and poise, featuring a beautiful frame of wonderfully ripe, very fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long and multilayered. Simply stunning! The blend here is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 70% new." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (3/2020, Interim Issue) Ratings: 97, Drink: 2021-2046
"The 2017 Pavie Macquin is deep garnet-purple in color and opens with flamboyant notes of warm black and red plums, black cherries and tilled soil with delicate touches of cloves, star anise, red roses and forest floor. Medium-bodied with a firm backbone of very finely grained, very ripe tannins and tons of freshness, it has wonderfully elegant yet intense fruit layers and a long, minerally finish. Just beautiful." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/27/2018, Issue 236) Ratings: 95-97
"Coming from a cool terroir located on the upper plateau, just behind Chateau Pavie, the 2017 Chateau Pavie Macquin checks in as a mix of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc that spent 16 months in 70% new French oak. This wine is always closed, tannic, and hard to understand in its youth, yet blossoms with 7-8 years of bottle age. The 2017 sports a deep, purple/ruby color as well as beautiful notes of black raspberries, cassis, huge minerality, white flowers, and loamy earth. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, yet silky and seamless on the palate, it doesn't have the sheer weight and flesh of the 2015 and 2016 yet is flawlessly balanced, has terrific tannins, and a great finish. It will be drinkable with just 4-6 years of bottle age and cruise for 15-20 years or more." Jeb Dunnuck, 2017 Bordeaux From Bottle (2/26/2020) Rating: 95
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