2011 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
This is rich and concentrated with loads of fruit and ripe tannins. Full body and a long, long finish. Beautiful intensity. Better in 2017 but so juicy and drinkable now. Nice and balanced for the vintage.
An elegant wine, it manages to embrace its rich fruit and still show style. There is an opulent texture, driven by ripe Merlot, yet the wine is also fresh and crisp, full of black currant fruit. Drink from 2017.
This has intense crushed plum, blackberry and black currant fruit flavors rolled together, along with hefty, briary grip and lots of smoldering charcoal notes. Dense and long, delivering power on a refined structure and showing terrific anise and spice accents through the finish. One for the cellar. This estate is on a roll right now. Best from 2016 through 2028.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This well-known St.-Emilion estate has turned out a dense purple-colored blend of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Super-concentrated, but not over-extracted, with an essence of blackberry, blueberry and black raspberry fruit interwoven with dusty, chalky minerality as well as a floral note, this full-bodied, rich, moderately tannic, pure, layered, impressive 2011 will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring. It can be enjoyed over the following two decades. (92+, RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque purple. Ripe cassis, smoke and flint on the perfumed nose. Ripe, full and suave on entry, then brightly acidic and fruity in the middle, with very good purity to the redcurrant and floral flavors. Finishes long and refined, but with a slightly green edge that had me a little worried. Still, there's so much lovely minerally fruit present that I'll give this wine the benefit of the doubt.