2006 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru Classé
ABV 13%

The 2006 Château Pavie Macquin has a ripe, sensual bouquet with copious kirsch and blueberry scents, fine tension and poise, a faint whiff of boot polish in the background. The palate is very elegant on the entry, pure and supple in the mouth, succulent with vivid black cherry and dark plum notes. It is that keen line of acidity cutting through the fruit that takes this Saint Emilion to a higher level and it comes highly recommended. Tasted February 2016. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 93-93 Neal Martin, (Feb 2016)

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From a superbly situated on St.-Emilion’s plateau, 38-acre vineyard planted on primarily limestone and clay, this 2006 is meant for long-term aging. A combination of 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, it is a backward, brawny, muscular, long distance runner. Consumers lacking patience are advised to steer clear of this wine. Its dense purple color is followed by aromas of graphite, sweet cassis, pen ink, and charcoal. This powerful, dense, concentrated wine possesses high tannins and lots of structure. One of the more backward offerings from the right bank in 2006, it will not be close to drinkability for 8-10 years. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030 Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 92+ Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Feb 2009)

Bright ruby-red. Superripe, high-toned blackberry and blueberry liqueur aromas are given a brisk quality by pungent minerality and lifted by violet. Dense, sweet and liqueur-like, with powerful, penetrating dark berry and mineral flavors saturating the palate. Inky and quite primary today. Huge tannins and very firm underlying acids will probably require at least six or seven years of patience, but this very backward wine should gain in bottle for 20 years or more. Rating: 91(+?) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)

This is very, very good, with silky tannins, full body and a long finish. All in balance and rich. Floral, with lots of berry character. Very pretty wine. Rating: 92-94 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (May 2007)

Lovely vitality of fruit. Plenty of length and persistence from firm but ripe tannins. Minerality on the finish. Long ageing wine. 2016-30. Rating: **** (Apr 2007)

Rather a lack of fruit concentration on the mid palate. So cool, green and astringent. Awfully green. Mid crimson. Some ripe fruit with explosive ripe berry sensations, as well as some gaminess. Very distinctive, intense nose. Wild with very exuberant fruit but some leafy green notes too. Organic viticulture. 2012-18 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - (Apr 2007)

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