2008 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1047680

94 points and a Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast: "An impressive wine, beautifully structured, never too powerful, very elegant. If it feels a little austere at this stage that is beacause the structure is dominating the fruit. Give it 5-6 years and the full splendor will be revealed." (04/11) 94+ points Robert Parker: " Consultants Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt have produced a beautiful St.-Emilion that tastes like the quintessence of crushed rocks intermixed with blueberry, blackberry, black raspberry, licorice, camphor and truffle notes. This full-bodied effort should drink well in 4-5 years, and last for two decades or more. It achieved 14.5% natural alcohol." (05/11) Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/9/2011  | Send Email
This was the most astringent of the St-Emilions. The blend is 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Loads of oak spice and dark blackberry fruit show on the nose. The black fruit is the dominant flavor on the palate, but lurking just underneath are spice and mineral qualities. There is a depth and elegance to this wine that is hiding behind the astringent tannins. Buy this wine, but put it a way for awhile.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion