Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château Pavie Macquin, SAINT-ÉMILION, Grand Cru
Bordeaux Blend: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2020 Pavie Macquin is performing well in bottle, unwinding in the glass with aromas of sweet raspberries and cherries mingled with notions of orange zest, violets, spices, bay leaf and vine smoke. Medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's deep and fleshy, its ample core of fruit framed by youthfully firm, chalky tannins. As usual, it's more structured than Larcis Ducasse, and it remains a bottling that will demand some patience, even if the Thienpont team have subtly eased off on extraction over the last few vintages, a welcome trend that I hope will be pushed further. 95+ William Kelley, Wine Advocate.
The 2020 Pavie Macquin has an opaque purple-black colour, 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! 96-98 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate.
Drinking Window: 2025 - 2055