Pavie Macquin 2011

St Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classé B

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Tasting Notes

This well-known St.-Emilion estate has turned out a dense purple-colored blend of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Super-concentrated, but not over-extracted, with an essence of blackberry, blueberry and black raspberry fruit interwoven with dusty, chalky minerality as well as a floral note, this full-bodied, rich, moderately tannic, pure, layered, impressive 2011 will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring. It can be enjoyed over the following two decades. (92+)

Score: 92

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2018-2038 01 April 2014

A very classic wine, the 2011 is inky purple, with a superb aromatic display of black raspberry, cassis, chocolate, forest floor and some vague smoky, barbecue scents. Full-bodied, powerful, pure and impressively rich, this blend of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.

Score: 92 - 94

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2017-2035 30 April 2012

Contrast of ripe, 'confit' aromatics and firm, muscular structure. A steely acidity emphasising the latter. Volume and depth but a bit of a bruiser that will need time.

Score: 17

Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2035 16 April 2012

Fascinating nose of black truffles, fresh citrus fruit, and minerals. Cocoa too. Full body, with well-integrated tannins and a medium chewy finish. This has an impressive finish for the vintage.

Score: 92 - 93

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 01 April 2012