2005 - Ch Pavie Macquin Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pavie Macquin
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2019 - 2035
Case size
12x75cl
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2005 CH PAVIE MACQUIN GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pavie Macquin
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2019 - 2035
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £1,442.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2006,
    Score: 92-94

    Slightly difficult to taste as it was still finishing its malolactic fermentation, the 2005 still showed outstanding potential. Full-bodied and chewy, it also displays crisp acidity rendering it fresh and lively. Wine Spectator describes it as "monumental" which may be better than its 2003. Drink 2012-2025+.

  • RP3

    Robert Parker, June 2015,
    Score: 96+

    Inky bluish/purple in color, Pavie Macquin produced a prodigious effort from St.-Emilion in 2005. Its crushed, chalky rock minerality, massive body, and high tannin make for a wine to forget for another decade. Super-loaded, concentrated and powerful, this wine should turn out great, but patience will be required. The blackberry and cassis fruit are there in abundance, but so is a massive structure. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035.

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 98

    It appears consumers can't go wrong with any 2005 with the word “Pavie” in its name. Thisoutstanding terroir, elevated to Premier Grand Cru Classe status in St.-Emilion's reclassification,is run with impeccable attention to detail by Nicolas Thienpont, who is assisted by winemaking guru, Stephane Derenoncourt. The 2005 Pavie Macquin may turn out to be this duo's finest wine todate. 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 creme 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. Drink: 2023 - 2048

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2007,
    Score: 96-100

    As of 2006, Pavie Macquin is one of St.-Emilion's new Premier Grand Cru Classes, although the 2006reclassification of St.-Emilion has been suspended by a Bordeaux judge because of a pending lawsuit from three estates that were demoted (justifiably in my opinion.) Their 2005 may be the finest wine they have yet produced – even better than their brilliant 2000 and 1998. From a 37-acre vineyard, this blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in open top tanks with pigeage, malolactic in barrel, aging on its lees, and batonnage, all a la Burgundy. It achieved 14.5% natural alcohol, which must be an all-time record at this estate. Over 4,000 cases will be produced. A fascinating wine that reminded me of a top vintage of Ausone, it represents the essence of its terroir as well as richness. Black/purple to the rim with an extraordinary, intense nose of crushed rocks, spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and camphor, it possesses superb depth, huge tannin, and massive concentration as well as freshness (from acidity and definition). This legendary effort should be drinkable in a decade, and last for 35+ years. Out of this world! Drink 2017-2042

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 94-96

    Looking more like a young vintage port than a Bordeaux, Pavie-Macquins inky/purple-colored 2005 exhibits notes of graphite, melted licorice, espresso roast, crushed rocks, white flowers, blackberries, and creme de cassis. Packed and stacked and stuffed with extract, power, and tannin, this 75% Merlot/20% Cabernet Franc/5% Cabernet Sauvignon blends technical numbers are unprecedented. It should enjoy a remarkably long life of three decades or more. The 2005 is capable of challenging this estates brilliant 2003 and 2000. Drink: 2006 - 2036.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
    Score: 15.5+?

    Very dark and shiny/healthy-looking. Extremely opulent nose - almost Napa Valley! Certainly stands out. There is freshness here - in fact almost a hint of green leaves - but there is zest too and actually very very hidden tannins. Herby, aromatic. Quite lightweight but straightforward for early drinking. This has the freshness of 2005 and honest attack. It's fairly simple though and arguably just too much acidity. Very disjointed between nose and palate at the moment. Some substance though for ageing. Still in malo? Drink 2012-19.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2006,
    Score: 95-100

    Aromas of licorice and blackberry. Violets. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of berry and cherry character. A blockbuster. Is it better than 2003? We will see. This is monumental.

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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

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.