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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I find that there is a touch of over-ripeness and brettanomyces on the nose of this Pavie-Macquin: sloes, liquorice, mulberry and dark plum smudged by alcohol. The palate is ripe and decadent on the entry and then it ebbs away as if it has been tapped on the shoulder and reminded that Bordeaux should be elegant. Ergo, I much prefer the refined finish compared to the unruly entry. Give it a few years to coalesce. Drinking range: 2013 - 2020 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, (Jul 2013)

Inky bluish/purple in color, Pavie Macquin produced a prodigious effort from St.-Emilion in 2005. Its crushed, chalky rock minerality, massive body, and high tannin make for a wine to forget for another decade. Super-loaded, concentrated and powerful, this wine should turn out great, but patience will be required. The blackberry and cassis fruit are there in abundance, but so is a massive structure. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 96+ Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Sep 2008)

Bright ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, cocoa and licorice. Opulent and silky on entry, then wonderfully full and sweet without any undue weight. This is actually a bit youthfully closed today but already displays lovely inner-mouth perfume. Offers a superb combination of concentration and finesse. This is likely to require at least a decade of bottle aging, and will be long-lived. (May/June 2007) Rating: 93-95 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)

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