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Premier grand cru classé B - Saint-Émilion
What are the specificities of Château Pavie Macquin?
Château Pavie Macquin took his name from Albert Macquin. Albert Macquin was a true pioneer, and it was largely thanks to him that the phylloxera epidemic was resolved. Indeed, he came up with the idea of grafting suffering vines onto rootstocks. This saved not only Saint-Emilion, but also a large part of Bordeaux and the vineyards of Europe from the devastation caused by the relentless attack of phylloxera. The current owners of Pavie Macquin are Benoit Corre, Bruno Corre and Marie-Jacques Charpentier.
This admirably situated vineyard on the coast of Pavie played the sleeping beauties for a long time. Until the estate's heirs called upon the wonderful trio of Nicolas Thienpont (from the family that owns Vieux Château Certan), Stéphane Derenoncourt (self-taught winemaker) and Michel Rolland (one of the world's leading oenologists). The wines have been rejuvenated while respecting the terroir without sacrificing to the trend of wines to be drunk young.
A clear improvement can be observed between the wines preceding 1998 and those which followed, 1998 being the vintage of the rebirth of Pavie in terms of wines. The wines illustrate the road travelled by Pavie. To this day, 2005 Pavie Macquin remains their finest vintage to date.
This 15-hectare vineyard of Saint-Emilion de Pavie Macquin is planted with 3 grape varieties:
- Merlot 80%
- Cabernet Franc 18%
- Cabernet Sauvignon 2%
The vineyard of Château Pavie Macquin is located next to the Mondot hill at an altitude of between 75 and 100 metres at its highest point. Pavie Macquin enjoys a breathtaking view of its neighbours: Troplong Mondot is to the west, Pavie is to the south, Trotte Vielle is due north and Pavie Decesse is just ahead.
The estate has a complex terroir, characterised by 9 different types of soil, most of which are clay-limestone. To make things simpler, their northern plots are a little cooler, while there is a warmer terroir in the south. The vineyard benefits from old vines: many of them are on average almost 40 years old. Their oldest vines are over 60 years old.
On tasting, we find a fresh and aromatic wine on the nose with a very dense, fruity, slender body in the middle of the mouth with a lot of taste and a tight and sometimes firm structure on the finish, pleasantly relayed by the aroma. A Pavie Macquin used to be long awaited and will always be long awaited.
Best vintages Pavie Macquin: 2005, 1998, 2000, 2010, 2008
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