A tense and deep Pavie-Macquin, 1er cru classé B
The 2016 vintage on the 15-hectare vineyard of Château Pavie-Macquin, a property located on the Saint-Emilion plateau, was undoubtedly sublime. Extreme climatic conditions especially in the summer (a combination of heat and drought) were completely absorbed by grapes growing on soils of clay and limestone. Pavie-Macquin 2016 blends straightforwardness with aromatic precision, resulting from a blend of 82% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon - all harvested between the 7th and 22nd of October.
The color is dense, dark and inky. The aromatic depth and flavor of this 1er cru classé of Saint-Emilion are sublime. Refreshing orange-peel flavors complemented with notes of menthol and wild blackberries. It is tense, complex, rich. The entry into the palate is sharp, very precise with an acidic structure that holds the wine from beginning to end. The mid-palate has plenty of class upon coated tannins, almost creamy and of a remarkable finesse. The maturity of the tannins also contributes to this sensation of freshness. The finish is long and, on the whole, this wine is impeccable. A great Pavie-Macquin with a bright future ahead of it.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Pavie-Macquin is a blend of 82% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in 50% new oak, picked from 7 October (with the young Merlot vines) until 22 October. The pH is 3.35 and it has 14.4% alcohol. I appreciate the intensity of this Pavie-Macquin. This is no shy retiring flower but comes out with cylinders pumping while maintaining the delineation, the detail that you look for. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry, velvety in texture with plenty of luscious red berry fruit, vanilla and a hint of blueberry. It glides across the palate, the new oak neatly integrated. This is easily my pick of Nicolas Thienpont's 2016s and one of the best Pavie-Macquins that I have tasted at this stage.