Visit at Château Pavie Macquin (Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux): Nose with red and dark berries, slightly sweetish impression, some mineral and mint, spice and well integrated oak, slightly flowery; elegant. Palate with red berries and some dark berries, some cranberries, quite concentrated, some sweetness of fruit, spice, rather well integrated medium+ tannins of somewhat polished style, and a long aftertaste. Young, but somewhat approachable, 91+ p. Slightly darker berry notes than 2009 Larcis Ducasse, and handles the ripeness of the vintage better, which means that it comes across as more balanced.
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(Château Pavie-Macquin (St Emilion)) Exotic forest fruit nuances here, certainly appealing in the context of the vintage, although I sense a solid substance and perhaps a trace of alcohol too. The palate has a very pretty feel to it despite that, the fruit fairly perfumed, the structure considerable, especially in the context of a wine that does not carry as much flesh as some others in this vintage. Nevertheless it does not seem to be over the top in any respect, and the grip and acid that comes in on the palate helps to keep it fairly lively and fresh, despite the obvious muscle here. Alcohol 14.5%.
(Chateau Pavie-Macquin St Emilion) Roasted fruit on the nose here, rather animally in style too, hints of baked-jam. The palate follows in the same vein, being loaded with sweet substance, with lots of tannin too. This all seems very appropriate for Pavie-Macquin, usually a fairly big and mouth-coating style, very highly extracted as we should perhaps expect. Nevertheless there is so much fruit here though that I find it works rather well. An impressive depth and character, although as usual I expect it will generate some polarising opinions. A very well made wine.
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