Premier Grand Cru Classe B of Saint Emilion, this is a stunning silky wine. To drink now.
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|Owner||Chateau Pavie Macquin|
|Appelation||Saint-Émilion Grand Cru|
|Main grape variety||84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Pairings||Beef, Lamb, Poultry|
|Notes||Oak, Blackberry, Leather, Liqorice, Cherry|
The wine, expressing the secrets of the soil
This terroir of strong clay on limestone bedrock produces a powerful, fleshy wine with minerality, freshness and generosity.
The Pavie Macquin grape types, predominately Merlot, have found their perfect home in strong clay soils. The molasses soils combined with asteriated limestone give the wines power and tension, as well as a deep meatiness.
The ancient colluvial soils containing silt add a touch of lightness whilst retaining the mineral tension from the limestone.
The Cabernet Franc is in its rightful place in limestone soils, with bare rock, which warm up quicker, allowing the grape variety to develop all its excellence and give the blend its ‘backbone’ and complexity.
The wine is topped off with 2% old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon.
A noble, complex nose of flowers, beef blood, black currants, licorice, and truffles reveals surprising evolution. The full-bodied, powerful wine exhibits stunning concentration, beautiful richness, sweet tannin, and a long finish. A blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon (all from a bio-dynamically farmed vineyard), the 2004 Pavie-Macquin is another dazzling success from the brilliant winemaking team of Stephane Derenoncourt and Nicolas Thienpont.
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