1995 Ch Pavie Macquin Grand Cru Classé St Emilion

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pavie Macquin
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2006-2020
Case Size
12x75cl
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1995 Ch Pavie Macquin Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pavie Macquin
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2006-2020
Case Size
12x75cl
Available Now

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Case price

£700.00 (Ex. VAT)

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(2 in stock)

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, April 1996, Score: 90-91

The 1995 reveals a similar style to the 1994, with an even more opaque purple color, and more evidence of new oak in the wine's toasty, black fruit-scented nose. Extremely concentrated and ripe, with low acidity and high tannin, this dense, broodingly backward wine will have 20 years of longevity. Much like the 1994, it will require patience. For statisticians, Pavie-Macquin is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.As I have reported previously, this biodynamically-farmed vineyard has some of the lowest yields in Bordeaux because of the extremely old age of the vines. This wine has come of age since the late eighties and is consistently one of the finest wines produced in St.-Emilion. In addition to its powerful, old style, it has another advantage - the presence of world-class oenologist Michel Rolland. The style is comparable to the intensely-concentrated, structured wines of the famous Pomerol estate, Lafleur.All of the wines in this segment were tasted between March 19 and March 28 in Bordeaux. Most of the important wines from both the 1994 and 1995 vintages were tasted three separate times during my ten-day stay in Bordeaux. Drink: 1996-2016.

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Producer

Château Pavie Macquin

One of the few châteaux in Bordeaux that is biodynamically farmed, Pavie Macquin has long beenone of the top wines of St Emilion which aficionados liken to Lafleur of Pomerol. It is managed bythe ultra dynamic Nicolas Thienpont who uses oenologists Michel Rolland and StéphaneDerononcourt as his right hand men.

Region

St Emilion, Red Bordeaux

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.

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