2010 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067162 96 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/2013)

95 points James Suckling

 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.  (2/2013)

95 points 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+. (RP) 95+  (2/2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (3/2013)

91-94 points 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.  (5/2011)

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By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2013 | Send Email
Made by Nicolai Thienpont (Larcis-Ducasse, Beauséjour-Duffau). Cinnamon, red cherry, round with loads of cherry fruit; this wine has an elegance about it. ***. At UGC: Beautiful wine, with a very pretty nose of red fruit and flowers that's more Burgundian than Bordelaise. On the palate the wine has laser-beam focused red fruit, mouthwatering acidity and vibrancy. This feels like a synthesis of Burgundy and Bordeaux. One of the prettiest wines at the tasting. I am very impressed.

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2012 | Send Email
Spicy blueberry fruit and cocoa.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2012 | Send Email
** Syrah-like cinnamon spice. Not heavy. In perfect balance. Quite elegant and somewhat exotic.

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion