2022 Chateau Pavie Macquin, Saint-Emilion
Vintage : 2022
Country : France
Region : Bordeaux
Pavie Macquin is a property admirably situated on the top of the plateau of Saint Emilion. The realisation of the enormous quality of the property, as well as the will-power to produce a wine worthy of the terroir, began with the arrival of Maryse Barre in 1986. With great energy and determination, Madame Barre contributed hugely to the renaissance of the property. Her work is carried on by Nicolas Thienpont, who arrived at the end of 1994, accompanied by Stéphane Derenoncourt, already present at the chateau since 1990. They found, in Pavie Macquin, the ideal birthplace for a method of production that has since been proven the world over.
This research and this contemplation of a viticulture and vinification based on respect for natural law and a dynamic tradition have made Pavie Macquin a virtual laboratory. It is not a question of creating a new wine but simply of revealing the terroir and unveiling the qualities that were hitherto hidden. In one phrase, it meant revealing the hidden beauty of this ‘Cinderella’.
On the occasion of the reclassification of the Saint Emilion chateaux (in September 2006), Chateau Pavie Macquin was promoted to the prestigious level of Premier Grand Cru Classé
The history of Château Pavie Macquin is linked to the illustrious Albert MACQUIN (1852 -1911). Saint-Emilion owes him the use of the grafted plant, which was to save the vineyard ruined by phylloxera. It’s really “the man of reconstruction”. The current owners are the grandchildren of this great gentleman. In 1994, they named Nicolas Thienpont as manager of the property. Accompanied since by Stéphane Derenoncourt, they produce together wines of an exceptional finesse. On the occasion of the decennial revision of the classification of Saint Emilion (published in September 2006), Château Pavie Macquin has achieved the prestigious rank of “Premier”.
This magnificent terroir of Saint-Emilion, so qualitative and specific, is worked with passion by the Château team who ensures that the wine can reveal all its power, its generosity while expressing its finesse and minerality. This research and reflection are conducted for viticulture and winemaking based on respect for natural laws and a dynamic tradition. The biological study of soils, the refusal of herbicides, the composting, the study of the accompanying plants, the transport of the vintage by conveying, the vinification in round grains, the micro-oxygenation, the aging on the lees, the batonnage on wines red or extraction by pigeage, reflect the attention to detail at all levels of production.
At the tasting, Château Pavie Macquin offers wines with floral notes and controlled power.
Jeb Dunnuck, 96-98 pts
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.
Decanter, 96 pts
Perfumed and aromatic, smells rich but not too intensely with roses and soft purple flowers. Succulent and really quite crisp and clear, such clarity to the fruit, with both a sharpness of acidity and mineral bite to the tannins. Liquorice, blue fruits, cool chalky tones, You get a sense of the power and structure, it’s wide and full, thick but keeping the freshness and tension with super high acidity giving the mouthwatering nature and a touch of austerity. Precise and detailed with energy and tension as well as depth and clarity. Great potential. A yield of 31hl/ha.
Wine Advocate, 94-96 pts
This site can deliver such powerful, tannic wines that I was left especially impressed by the supple, harmonious style of the 2022 Pavie Macquin. Unwinding in the glass with notions of sweet wild berries, rose petals, spices, violets, bay leaf and new oak, it's full-bodied, deep and vibrant, with a layered core of fruit, bright acids and a long, penetrating finish, where powdery structuring tannins make themselves felt but without any asperity. Of course, this remains a deep and powerful wine, but Nicolas Thienpont and his team continue their shift toward more judicious extraction, with excellent results.