Château Pavie Macquin 2022

Special Price $91.85 Average US Price $93.00
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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: Where Winemaking Mastery Meets Saint-Émilion's Essence

Perched upon the picturesque slopes of Saint-Émilion, Château Pavie Macquin stands as a testament to the artistry and unwavering commitment of winemaking. This St-Émilion Premiere Grand Crus Classés property exemplifies the deep connection between man and terroir, showcasing the profound impact that meticulous vineyard management and the unique soils of the region can have on the final expression of the wines.

With a history spanning over a century, Château Pavie Macquin carries a legacy that intertwines the vine and the vigneron. Originally a part of the expansive estate of Ferdinand Bouffard, a renowned 19th-century négociant, it found its identity when acquired by Albert Macquin. Albert Macquin, a leading specialist in grafting American rootstock to European vitis vinifera vines, played a pivotal role in combating the devastating phylloxera plague that struck Bordeaux. In honor of his contributions, Château Pavie Macquin bears his name, rooted in the tradition of the times.

The estate's 15 hectares of vines are nestled on the prestigious Côte Pavie, neighboring renowned vineyards such as Château Pavie, Château Pavie-Decesse and Château Troplong Mondot.  These vineyards boast a diverse array of soils, encompassing nine different types with variations of limestone and clay. It was not until the arrival of the self-made vigneron, Nicolas Thienpont, in 1994 that the quality of the grand vin soared to new heights. Possessing a Midas touch, Nicolas Thienpont's innate understanding of the vineyard and his devotion to producing wines that reflect the true essence of terroir earned him critical acclaim. 

Nicolas firmly believes that the quality of a wine lies in its ability to express its terroir. Embracing this philosophy, Château Pavie Macquin transitioned to organic farming, adopting 100% organic techniques for vineyard management. These strong principles have proven successful, as every vineyard under Nicolas' management has garnered accolades and critical acclaim. His expertise even led Château Larcis Ducasse to be recognized as a Premiere Grand Cru Classé in 2012 and Château Bellevue as a Premiere Grand Crus.

The vineyards of Château Pavie Macquin are predominantly planted with 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes, benefiting from the unique microclimate of the region, tend to ripen a bit later, ensuring optimal phenolic maturity. Prior to vinification, the grapes undergo careful optical sorting to ensure only the finest fruit is selected. In the vat room, the wines are fermented whole berry in a blend of concrete and oak fermenters, a meticulous process that further enhances the purity and complexity of the final product.

When indulging in a bottle of Château Pavie Macquin, one is greeted with richly concentrated and lush wines that offer a beautiful combination of power and minerality. Described as generous and opulent, these wines possess a remarkable longevity. In truly exceptional vintages, it is advisable to exercise patience and allow the grand vin to rest for 10-12 years, as they gradually reveal their full potential.

Step into the world of Château Pavie Macquin, where the mastery of winemaking meets the true essence of Saint-Émilion's terroir. Immerse yourself in the symphony of flavors, textures, and aromas that capture the spirit of this remarkable estate.

Tasting Notes

"The 2022 Pavie Macquin, 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, is deep garnet-purple in color. It is quite closed to start off, revealing scents of cedar chest and dried roses before giving way to a fragrant undercurrent of blackberry pie, Morello cherries, and boysenberry preserves, plus suggestions of Indian spices and cast-iron pan. The full-bodied palate is super-taut and muscular, delivering a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and fantastic tension to support all the tightly wound layers, finishing very long and minerally. Likely to require considerable patience before it hits its stride, its a Pavie Macquin for marathon runners, not sprinters." - Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Independent (5/2023) Ratings: 96-98

"Creamy depths of colour and flavour, powerful damson and black cherry fruits, this is utterly compelling and beautifully concentrated. No question that the tannins are crowding in through the front of the palate, eager to make an impression, but they quickly soften and widen, and in between is air, spice, flowers, just nuanced and beautiful. The power of limestone in hot vintages on display. 3.4ph, great stuff from this 14.5ha estate, Nicolas Thienpont director." - Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, (5/2023)  Ratings: 98

"The 2022 Pavie-Macquin was picked 14 to 27 September at 31hL/ha. Black cherries, crème de cassis, crushed violets on the nose. This is the most opulent amongst Nicolas Thienpont's portfolio, though I find just a touch more terroir expression on the Larcis-Ducasse. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, satin-like in texture. A little more tertiary in its second half, with white pepper liberally-sprinkled toward the finish. Quite understated in style, I suspect it will spread its wings during its élevage. - Neal Martin, Vinous (5/2023) Ratings: 92-94

"Another wine that's going to flirt with perfection is the 2022 Château Pavie Macquin, and this might be the finest vintage I've ever tasted from this address. A blend of 80% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, and a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, it reveals an inky purple hue as well as a stunning bouquet of pure cassis, liquid black raspberries, truffle, scorched earth, and graphite. Full-bodied, concentrated, and massive on the palate, it may be the largest-scaled Pavie Macquin ever produced. But don't let that scare you off – it stays flawlessly balanced, has pure, fine-grained tannins, and a great finish. I'll be a buyer." - Jeb Dunnuck  (5/2023) Ratings: 96-98+

More Information
Stock Status Futures
Appellation Saint-Emilion
Vintage 2022
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.

Footnotes on Futures, Pre-Arrivals, and potential US Tariffs: 

1. As of June 15, 2021, the US and the EU agreed to suspend tariffs resulting from the Boeing-Airbus aircraft trade disputes. Accordingly, such import taxes are now suspended for the next five years.

2. Futures are expected to be available for delivery two years after the sales (e.g., the 2022 vintage, sold in 2023, will be delivered in 2025 mostly, or 2026 if the producer ages the wine longer).

3. Pre-Arrivals are items currently stored in our Bordeaux cellar or in transit from France to the US. It usually takes 1-6 months for Pre-Arrivals to become available for delivery, depending on the stage of the import process.

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