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Bordeaux

2020 Pavie Macquin

12 x 750ml
The 2020 Pavie Macquin is sensational. Rich, dark and explosive, the 2020 balances the natural richness that is such a signature of the estate with a level of energy and vibrancy I have not seen here in the recent past. The result is a towering, imposing Pavie Macquin that hugely delivers. In this vintage, regisseur Nicolas Thienpont did not use the Cabernet Sauvignon, so the blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with the Franc lending aromatic presence, energy and depth. What a total knock out! Read more
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100 POINTS
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

The 2020 Pavie Macquin is sensational. Rich, dark and explosive, the 2020 balances the natural richness that is such a signature of the estate with a level of energy and vibrancy I have not seen here in the recent past. The result is a towering, imposing Pavie Macquin that hugely delivers. In this vintage, regisseur Nicolas Thienpont did not use the Cabernet Sauvignon, so the blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with the Franc lending aromatic presence, energy and depth. What a total knock out!

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97 POINTS
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW - Wine Advocate

The 2020 Pavie Macquin has an opaque purple-black color, exploding from the glass with an intoxicating perfume of violets, Ceylon tea, forest floor and eucalyptus over a core of blackberry preserves, Morello cherries and stewed plum, plus wafts of crushed rocks and unsmoked cigars. The medium to full-bodied palate shimmers with energetic red and black fruit layers and loads of floral and earthy sparks, framed by exquisitely ripe, finely grained tannins and amazing tension, finishing with a long-lingering perfume of black fruits. A real head-turner!

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96 POINTS
Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast

This full wine's ripe black fruits are velvety in texture and density. Inherently powerful, the wine keeps a great sense of proportion and balance. It has good acidity, with the freshness and balance coming together. Drink from 2027.

Expert Review
92 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2020 Pavie-Macquin has a ripe nose with black cherries, blueberry and violet scents, quite opulent in style, missing the precision of the best vintages from this estate. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins, fine acidity, lightly spiced on the entry with candied orange peel infusing the red fruit. Quite plush on the finish, this is a fine Pavie-Macquin that is just a little heady for its own good.

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Winemakers Note

Château Pavie Macquin is named after the grandfather of the current owners: Albert Macquin (1852-1911), who Saint-Emilion has to thank for the use of grafted plants designed to save the vineyards devastated by phylloxera. In 1994, Nicolas Thienpont was appointed as manager. Recently, his son Cyrille has begun to play an active role. 2020 2020 brought out the best in the plateau terroirs. The power of the clay, the mineral tension of the limestone, and aromatic freshness all reached a peak in the contrasted weather conditions of the vintage. Key Points - Property managed by Nicolas Thienpont - Small production - A very high quality and very well rated wine Surface 15 ha (14,6 ha in production) Yields 31 hL/ha Average age of the vineyard 35 years old Terroir Limestoneclay plateau over asteriated limestone Vineyard Practices Combination of traditional ways (labours) and methods of natural sodding. Renewal of the vineyard: pulling-out, replanting, massal selection with higher density. Numerous manual interventions: disbudding, leaf removal, thinning... Distinctive features Manual harvests. Gravity vatting of whole berries and seperate vinification in concrete tanks. Reductant ageing on fine lees: first racking after 6 to 10 months of aging, the second one a year later, before the bottling. Fining and filtering only if necessary. Aging time 16-20 months in barrels Barrels 50 % new, 50 % of one wine

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