Pavie-Macquin is 15ha on the St-Emilion limestone plateau. The wines are bold, powerful and extracted. But still silky and sensuously textural. Named for Albert Macquin, the man who saved Bordeaux from phylloxera by suggesting grafting on to rootstock. The vineyard is neighboured by Pavie, Pavie Decesse, Troplong-Mondot and Trotte Vieille. The vineyard is 80% Merlot with 18% Cabernet Franc and the rest is Cabernet Sauvignon.
“Pale to medium garnet-brick in color, the 1998 Pavie Macquin simply sings with incredibly pure, spritely notes of blueberry preserves, blackberry pie and black cherry compote, revealing loads of eucalyptus, mocha, dried lavender and Chinese five spice accents. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is has wonderfully seductive blue and black fruit layers, framed by velvety tannins and the perfect amount of freshness to create tantalizing tension, finishing with incredible length and depth. Effortlessly delicious and yet possessing plenty of subtext for intellectual stimulation, I just love where this compelling ’98 is at right now!” – Score: 97 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, May 2018
With approximately 5400 hectare planted, it is a vast appellation with a few distinct personalities. Like the famous neighbour Pomerol, the wines are Merlot dominant and offer the silk, perfume and charm that Merlot can give. The best of the wines will live as long as, if not longer than most Left Bank wines and often cost two or three times more.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.
Is actually one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon… along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!). It is most famous for being the third most important grape in quality Bordeaux. But also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red in colour, highly aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine
A wonderful year on the Right Bank that rivals the Left Banks 2000 vintage for quality and longevity. Therefore I recommend you invest in this vintage from Pomerol and St-Emilion while they are still around.