Pavie Macquin 2012

85% merlot, 14% cabernet franc and 1% cabernet sauvignon; 30 h/h production : « Deep purple-ruby. Penetrating notes of violet and rose complement intense, almost syrupy aromas of strawberry and red cherry. Then dense and suave in the mouth, with rich flavors of red berries and minerals complicated by vanilla and violet. Finishes very rich and long. This year, the merlot was harvested between October 13 and 18 and the cabernet on October 17 and 18. One of my top 15 wines of the vintage. Pavie-Macquin takes its name from its location in the Pavie sector of Saint-Emilion and from the grandfather Albert Macquin of the Corre-Macquin family. Since 1994, Nicolas Thienpont has been managing the property with the consulting help of Stephane Derenoncourt. »
Ian D’Agata
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Bordeaux 2012)

Note : 91-93

Château Pavie Macquin, Saint-Emilion, 1er grand cru classé, rouge 2012. « Bien que discret aussi bien au nez qu’en bouche, ce vin est attachant par ses notes évanescentes toutes timides de cassis léger et de grenade. La bouche est délicate, aussi fine qu’une infusion de fruits. »
Gault et Millau
Note : 16/20

Pavie-Macquin (1er GCC). « Nicolas Thienpont, gérant du domaine, reçoit désormais dans un bâtiment fraîchement rénové et disposant de deux terrasses qui dominent la partie Est de la ville et les vignobles. Superbe vue et lieu discret, réservé, à bonne dimension humaine. Vendanges du 13 au 18 octobre pour les merlots, les 17 et 18 pour les francs. Assemblage : 85 % merlot, 14 % cabernet franc, 1 % cabernet- sauvignon. 16 – Cerise écrasée, nez réglissé, assez frais, bouche tendue, vive, droite, fraîche, tanins vifs, assez serrés en finale. Fraîcheur et densité, un peu accrocheur en finale. O=2017 G=12ans »
Jacques Dupont
Le Point, 16 mai 2013
Note : 16/20

« Still youthful and restrained but with good depth, clarity, ripeness and an abundance of ripe fruit on the palate, excellent texture, lingering and caressing with grainy tannin, bright freshness and a very long pure finish. »
Andreas Larsson
Note : 94

« Dark purple red with violet hue and black center. Opulent nose with rich fruit, marinated plums, black cherries, sweet elderberries. In the background toasted aromas and a hint of minerality. Discreet tones of vanilla and chocolate. On the palate well balanced, juicy character, excellent tannin structure, weight and length. »
Markus Del Monego
Primeurs TV, avril 2013

Note : 95

« Couleur sombre et intense. Nez fruité, mûr et profond. Bouche grasse dès l’attaque, finement crémeuse où le vin fond avec grâce sur les tanins mûrs et plutôt fins. Finale profonde et enrobée. C’est très bon. Un succès. »
Jean Marc Quarin
Avril 2012

Note : 16,75 // 93

« Delightfully fresh and pure, with beautifully expressive aromas of blueberry, raspberry, plum and boysenberry fruit. This tames the grippy, taut side of the vintage, delivering sleek, silky tannins and a long, spice-infused finish. Offers lovely length and precision. »
Wine Spectator
Note : 93-96

« A dense blue/black color is accompanied by notes of creosote, graphite, black fruits, vanillin, chocolate and tapenade. Rich, concentrated and full-bodied, it has a spicy, compacted, layered mouthfeel. Given how past vintages seemed to close down after bottling, this beauty will probably need 5-6 years of cellaring and keep for two decades or more. A stunning blend of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 Pavie Macquin came in at 14.4% natural alcohol. This vineyard, which enjoys a tremendous terroir high on the plateau above Pavie Decesse, is planted in pure limestone and clay soils. The harvest took place between October 17-18. »
Wine Advocate –, avril 2013
Note : 92-95

« Deep and saturated, tight to the rim; very pretty, lots of black fruits, chalk and spices; menthol and oak influence too; very rich and attractive; lushness here again; ripe and concentrated palate with some tension and minerality; lots of body and richness. Pretty chewy finish but lots and lots of fruit here [tannin too]. 92-94+ Tasted Friday 12th April 2013 at Chateau Pavie Macquin [Earlier note] Deep and saturated colour; more mineral tones, some wet rocks and also strawberry jam notes; very ripe and lifted aspect; quite worked and oaky palate; little dryness but the finish is sweet and I’d expect it to settle. 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. 89-91+ UGC Weds April 10, 2013 »
Jeremy Williams
Wine words & videotapes, 26 avril 2013
Note : 89-91+

« Barrel sample. Full bodied and ripe, this wine is marked by smoky character, spiciness and full-throttle tannins. Blackberry fruits on the palate complement this serious structure. Obviously a long-term wine. »
Roger Voss
Wine Enthusiast, 9 avril 2013

Note : 93–95

« Spicy, liquorish nose. Red berry fruit. Characteristic acidity of the cru evident. Firm, powerful structure but less assertive tannins than 2011. 17.25/20pts ( 90+/100pts), Drink: 2020 – 2030 »
James Lawther MW
Note : 17,25 // 90+