2010 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Packed, offering dense but clearly defined layers of blackberry coulis, plum paste and black currant pâte de fruit, intertwined with mouthwatering graphite and Lapsang souchong tea notes. The bramble- and spice-filled finish just won't quit. Despite displaying power and breadth, this features good cut and leaves a mouthwatering impression of purity. Best from 2018 through 2035.
Gorgeous nose with great complexity. Blackberry, licorice and a steely mineral note. Lots of chalk, nutmeg and violets too. Dense and full-bodied on the palate with a beautiful fruit and a sumptuous fruity finish that just goes on and on. Velvety tannins and layered texture with lots of raw licorice. Drink from 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is always an extremely masculine, dense, burly wine, and the 2010, which tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol (just slightly under that of the 2009), has a final blend of 80% Merlot and the rest virtually all Cabernet Franc, with just 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Loads of crushed rock and chalkiness, along with licorice, black truffle, smoked game and black fruits dominate the aromatics and flavor. Backward, formidably endowed, full-bodied and almost atypically massive and huge, with gargantuan extraction, this is a wine for patient connoisseurs to forget about for close to a decade. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040+. (95+)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep violet-ruby. Knockout bomb of a nose offers perfumed scents of ripe black cherry and cassis complicated by cinnamon, incense and bay leaf. Decadently sweet and opulent, with seamless flavors of superripe black cherry, coffee and underbrush. This impressive wine finishes very long, with noble, peppery tannins that will require at least mid-term aging to resolve fully. There's a trace of warmth at the back, but I would never have guessed that this wine clocks in at 15%. Very well done.
A juicy and fruity wine that's sustained by attractive tannins, giving both freshness and a balance of structure. The bright acidity lifts the wine while the tannins promise future aging. The wine is stylish, almost understated, but likely to develop impressively.
Very obvious oak on the nose, but powerful fruit matches it on the palate. Liquorice, even a bit of toffee. Clearly well made.