Pavie Macquin 2005

« It appears consumers can’t go wrong with any 2005 with the word “Pavie” in its name. This outstanding terroir, elevated to Premier Grand Cru Classé status in St-Emlion’s reclassification, is run with impeccable attention to detail by Nicolas Thienpont, who is assisted by winemaking guru, Stéphane Derenoncourt. The 2005 Pavie Macquin may turn out to be this duo’s finest wine to date. This is a moderately large vineyard (37 acres) for the area, and the blend tends to be 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. A black/purple color is accompanied by aromas of charcoal, burning embers, crushed rocks, sweet, pure, blueberries and blackberries, chocolaty crème de cassis, and licorice. It possesses massive concentration, phenomenal levels of tannin, and good acidity, but it is even more backward than either Pavie or Pavie Decesse. A modern day elixir that should prove to be monumental in 15-20 years, it will last for 40+ years. »
Robert Parker
Wine Advocate, avril 2008

Note : 98

« 70% de merlot, 25% de cabernet-franc, 5% de cabernet-sauvignon. Vignes de 35 ans. Ample, dense, épicé, riche et pourtant, le vin est sans lourdeur. Ses belles notes épicés lui donnent un charme fou, sans aucune concession au boisé. Du vin, rien que du vin, mais quel vin ! Une réussite d’équilibre, une leçon. »
Bernard Burtschy
Vinifera, juin 2006

« Cela fait plusieurs années que Pavie-Macquin réalise le sans-faute avec un vin ample et serré, d’une grande suavité qui masque la grande densité, et une finale époustouflante de classe. »
Le Figaro, 22 juin 2006
Note : 94-96

« Beau nez expressif, subtil, de violette et réglisse, zan, avec de belles nuances florales. Bouche voluptueuse, étoffée, presque potelée, très puissante avec beaucoup de tanin dense mais gras. Un très grand Pavie Macquin. »
Jean-Christophe Estève, mai 2006

Note : 18,5/20

« Aromas of licorice and blackberry. Violets. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of berry and cherry character. A blockbuster. Is it better than 2000 ? We will see. This is monumental. »
James Suckling
Wine Spectator, avril 2006

Note : 95-100

« Bright ruby-red. Superripe, perfumed nose dominated by griotte cherry, raspberry and cocoa. Lush, smooth and impressively concentrated, with enough acidity and minerality to leaven the wine’s almost port-like ripeness (the pH here, always low, is barely 3.55 in 2005, according to Nicolas Thienpont). Very deep flavours of sweet cherry and dark berries carry through on the mounting palate-saturating finish. A massive example of Pavie-Macquin whose thick coat of baby fat is currently making the wine hard to view. This one is going to require a minimum of a decade of patience. »
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, mai-juin 2008

Note : 95

« Stéphane Derenoncourt has produced a wine which offers a dense nose of wild blackberries and blackcurrant with a hint of cloves on the finish. This is a massive wine with intense velvety black cherries and prunes infused with black liquorice on the palate. It is complex in its delivery, but none the less balanced. The tannins cope very well with the power of the fruit as it gives a firm backbone to the wine. The lengthy finish goes on and on. Overall a fine wine, and could be one of the best yet from Pavie Macquin. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Drink 2016 – 2037. »
The Cellaret, avril 2006 

Note : 93

« Nez : superbe fruit généreux, pointe crémeuse et oxidative. Si grand, si élégant : le fruit, la tenue, la longueur, tout est fondu ensemble et rien ne dépasse. Superbe vin complexe. »
Fabian Barnes
In Vino Veritas, octobre-novembre 2007