2005 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru Classé

Even with a stone-cold sample this gave off a fabulous nose. Lashings of oak, to be sure (though the cold is probably making this more obvious) but the fruit is cool, pure and together. A fabulous success with a fruit that really sings on the finish. Drinking range: 2017 - 2035 Rating: 93 L&S (Apr 2006)

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The 2005 Pavie Macquin opens with a burst of sweet red cherry/red plum fruit. Cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, mint, spicecake and dried flowers add layers of nuance. Even with all of its luscious fruit, the tannins remain pretty imposing. The 2005 needs a good bit of aeration to be at its best. I don't find 2005 to be an especially distinguished vintage for Pavie Macquin. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 94 Antonio Galloni, (Apr 2021)

The 2005 Pavie-Macquin is powerful, dense and also surprisingly tightly wound. There is not much pleasure to be had, at least not today. Time in the glass releases hints of dark fruit, chocolate and spice, but the 2005 is never quite as expressive as I would have hoped. Readers will want to cellar it further or give it quite a bit of aeration. My impression is that the dry conditions left the wine with hard tannins that may never fully soften. To be sure, there are quite a few vintages of the same era that are more compelling. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 94 Antonio Galloni, (May 2020)

(still a trace of malic acidity remaining; includes 15% cabernet sauvignon) Deep, saturated purple-ruby. Wild blackberry, licorice, violet and truffle on the nose. Densely packed, juicy and tight, with penetrating flavors of black cherry, blackberry, minerals, licorice and violet. But the wine's superb sweetness is already plain to see. This mounts impressively on the back half, finishing with tannins that dust the entire palate and superb vibrancy of fruit and focus. Rating: 92-95 Stephen Tanzer, (Dec 2014)

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