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New 98-Point Score for the Sub-$80, 2015 Pavie Macquin - 02/05/2018 - Red Bordeaux

James Suckling just released his bottle scores for the 2015 Bordeaux vintage and as a even a cursory scan of the reviews will reveal, there’s no shortage of superstar bottlings from this exceptional vintage. A standout among the standouts was the 2015 Pavie Macquin. Earning 98 points and lavished with praise from the critics, this St-Emilion continues in Thienpont’s string of successes. One would expect a Bordeaux from a top estate with points like this to easily cost upwards of $100, not so with the Pavie Macquin! At under $80, it constitutes one of the sharpest values in our Bordeaux department. This Right Bank charmer reveals copious amounts of cassis, plum, and black cherry notes which are later joined by accents of slate, wildflowers, baking spice, and a touch of leather. Densely packed, it is a little shy in its youth, but hold onto it for a few years and you will be awarded with a truly glorious wine. This 2015 is crafted in a way that will appeal to both the Bordeaux aficionado and Napa Cab fan alike. Given the strong press, we expect the price will climb, so securing on pre-arrival is your surest bet for best pricing. We are really loving the 2015s from Bordeaux and the Pavie Macquin is a terrific example of why.

2015 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

98 points James Suckling: "So much violet and lilac aromas to this with blackberry and blueberry character, too. Full-bodied and delivering limestone, chalk and lavender on the palate. Great structure, too. Needs four or five years to soften. Better in 2022." (02/2018)

93-96 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pavie Macquin is another tremendous wine from Nicolas Thienpont and his team. Inky, rich and voluptuous the 2015 is endowed with remarkable depth and plenty of underlying energy to back it all up. The flavors are dark, bold and incisive, as are the tannins. The 2015 is going to require quite a bit of time to come together, but it is impressive, that much is obvious. (AG)" (04/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, pure and expressive, with a beautiful panoply of loganberry, plum and red currant preserve flavors that meld seamlessly with anise and singed apple wood details and a subtle chalky spine. A bright floral accent on the finish lifts this up a register and lets it sail on, holding that note. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2018)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Notes of cassis, toasted spice, toasty oak, and crushed flowers emerge from the 2015 Château Pavie Macquin, and its a rockin effort that marries elegance with full-bodied power and structure. With fine, fine tannin, high, yet integrated acidity, and a great mid-palate, its more approachable than either of the other Pavie releases, yet is still backward and unevolved. Give bottles 4-5 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following two to three decades." (11/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Pavie-Macquin is a blend of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 29 September and 17 October at 40 hl/ha. It has an almost decadent bouquet, perhaps more lascivious than the 2015 Larcis-Ducasse tasted alongside (as part of Nicolas Thienpont's 'stable'), with fig-tinged red cherry and blackberry fruit, powerful but perhaps needing to muster a little more finesse? The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet core of citrus-fresh fruit. There is more nuance and precision here at the moment, fleshy and sensual with blood orange and cassis layered over the exuberant finish. (NM)" (04/2016)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 02, 2018

Tasted at our UGC event on Jan 25th, 2018. This is the first St. Emilion that I tried at the tasting and one that kept me coming back - what an introduction to a superlative vintage for the Right Bank. Showing a ton of balance and poise, it is a luxurious claret without ever going over the top insofar as concentration or extraction. Beautiful purity a depth back up a long finish in what is sure to be a highlight of this terrific vintage for the decades to come. Hard to resist young, it is one that will reward a bit of time in the cellar and can be enjoyed for the two decades following.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 10, 2016

This property, under the guidance of Nicolas Thienpont, is on a roll. And it is priced correctly! Huge wine with Blackberry jam flavors. Tons of everything in this package. Acid, tannin, fruit-great aging potential. This is right up their with their 2010 in quality. I tend to enjoy these right bank 2015s more than most left bankers.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 08, 2016

Along with Larcis Ducasse the 2015 Pavie Macquin is one of the more elegant St. Emilion's out there. With incredible purity of fruit nicely mingled against a hint of oak and zippy minerality this is a beautiful wine that has a Burgundian feel while still having a Bordelaise sensibility.