Source: March 2020 Week 3, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 16th Mar 2020 (RP-97)
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Pavie Macquin comes charging out of the glass with exuberant scents of warm black cherries, blackberry pie and wild blueberry coulis plus hints of menthol, licorice, candied violets and charcuterie. Medium-bodied, the palate is an exercise in precision and poise, featuring a beautiful frame of wonderfully ripe, very fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long and multilayered. Simply stunning! The blend here is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 70% new.
Drink Date: 2021 – 2046
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Friday, January 10, 2020 (JS-95)
A mouth-filling wine with supple and complete tannins that are caressing and engaging. Fascinating aromas and flavors of blackberries, iodine and violets. Extremely long and beautiful. Wait until 2024.
This terroir of strong clays on limestone rock gives the wine power, fleshiness, minerality, freshness and generosity.
The Pavie Macquin grape variety, predominantly Merlot, finds its raison d’Atre in its good suitability for strong clays. The molasses soils associated with the asterisk limestones give power and tension to the wines and a deep flesh. Soils of old colluvium with the presence of silt will bring a little lightness, always with this mineral tension brought by the limestone.
The Cabernet Franc will find its rightful place on soils resulting from limestone where the rock is exposed, because the warming is faster there and it is there that the grape variety excels in bringing to the assembly its ?backbone? and its complexity.
2% of old Cabernets Sauvignon come to crown the whole.