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2005 Château Pavie-Macquin (750ml)
Producer: Château Pavie-Macquin pavie-macquin.com
Appellation: Saint Émilion Grand Cru - Libournais - France (Grand Cru Classé)
Type: red
Varietal: Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Cabernet Sauvignon
Maturity: Hold
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$150.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: March 31, 2006 , James Suckling (WS)
97 points "Aromas of licorice and blackberry. Violets. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of berry and cherry character. A blockbuster. Is it better than 2000? We will see. This is monumental. James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 06)"
rated: August 9, 2006 , Decanter decanter.com
4 stars "Big noble wine, even more sharply focused than Larcis-Ducasse (made by the same team Derenoncourt and Thienpont). Great truffle/spicy flavour and impressive length, though Decesse has perhaps a little more body and more integrated ripeness of fruit. Great future. Drink from 2017. (18 points)" Best 2017-
rated: April 7, 2007 , Robert Parker (WA)
98 points "As of 2006, Pavie Macquin is one of Saint Emilion’s new Premier Grand Cru Classés, although the 2006 reclassification of Saint Emilion has been suspended by a Bordeaux judge because of a pending lawsuit by three estates that were demoted (justifiably in my opinion). Their 2005 may be the finest wine they have yet produced – even better than their 2000 and 1998. From a 37-acre vineyard, this blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvigon is fermented in open-top tanks, with pigeage, malolactic in barrel, aging on its lees and batonnage, all à la Burgundy. It achieved 14,5% natural alcohol, which must be an all time record at this estate. Over 4000 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, crème 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! Robert Parker, Wine Spectator (April 07) 96-100" Best 2017-2052
rated: June 18, 2007 , Stephen Tanzer (IWC)
94 points "Bright ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, cocoa and licorice. Opulent and silky on entry, then wonderfully full and sweet without any undue weight. This is actually a bit youthfully closed today but already displays lovely inner-mouth perfume. Offers a superb combination of concentration and finesse. This is likely to require at least a decade of bottle aging, and will be long-lived. Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (May/June 07) 93-95/100"
rated: September 17, 2011 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
98 points "As of 2006, Pavie Macquin is one of Saint Emilion’s new Premier Grand Cru Classés, although the 2006 reclassification of Saint Emilion has been suspended by a Bordeaux judge because of a pending lawsuit by three estates that were demoted (justifiably in my opinion). Their 2005 may be the finest wine they have yet produced – even better than their 2000 and 1998. From a 37-acre vineyard, this blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvigon is fermented in open-top tanks, with pigeage, malolactic in barrel, aging on its lees and batonnage, all à la Burgundy. It achieved 14,5% natural alcohol, which must be an all time record at this estate. Over 4000 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, crème 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! Wine Spectator 97pts - Aromas of licorice and blackberry. Violets. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of berry and cherry character. A blockbuster. Is it better than 2000? We will see. This is monumental. James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 06)" " Best 2020-2040
rated: December 30, 2011 , Grady McCarthy
98 points Best 2017-2052