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2008 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion

SKU #1080055 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) 94+ Inner quote mark (5/2011)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark An impressive wine, beautifully structured, never too powerful, very elegant. If it feels a little austere at this stage, that is because the structure is dominating the fruit. Give it 5–6 years and the full splendor will be revealed. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2011)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Pavie is all about digging in for the long haul, and at 10 years old it starts to make sense. Those tannins are still chewy but not ferocious, the fruit savoury and concentrated. It has far more power than a typical limestone St-Émilion for at least four of its five beats, until that salted almond taste kicks in on the finish and the slate wall appears before you and you start to ascend, and then you think, hang on, in another 10 years this might just be reaching its peak! (JA) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Opaque ruby-red. Aromatic nose of ripe black cherry, strawberry syrup, incense, smoke and cedar. Sweet and creamy on entry, then fresher and livelier in the middle, with mineral-driven flavors of red cherry and raspberry jam. The high but harmonious acidity gives this wine good clarity and cut and makes it seem lighter than it is. Finishes extremely long, with a bright mineral tang and a savory note. This is excellent already, but really needs another 6 to 8 years to enter its prime and will be at its peak for another 20 after that. Yet another great, classic Bordeaux from the unheralded 2008 vintage. (ID) Inner quote mark (3/2014)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2008 Pavie-Macquin was decanted for 60 minutes before pouring. It is surprisingly backward on the nose and demanded another 30 minutes to really open, offering luscious scents of black cherry, boysenberry, crushed violet and light camphor scents that recede with continued aeration. The palate is still concentrated with layers of black fruit tinged with dark chocolate, a little heady in style but retaining sufficient balance to uphold its freshness. It is a feisty and extrovert Pavie-Macquin that feels undiminished at a decade out and in fact, I would afford bottles another four or five years to allow more terroir expression and secondary notes to develop. This has enormous potential, but winemaker Nicolas Thienpont produced a wine for those with patience. (NM) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Sliced plums and almost peaches on the nose. Love it. Mineral and truffles too. Full bodied, and powerful with a long, long finish. Sneaks up on you. Give it three to four years before trying. Inner quote mark (12/2010)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Bigger, bolder and clearly biased to ripeness with a full measure of concentrated black currant fruit sandwiched between layers of dark chocolate, sweet smoke and fairly formidable tannins, this mouthfilling wine at least briefly tips its hat to the California model before firming up and finishing with a bit of Bordeaux austerity. There is an edge of heat here, but the wine is at every point well-balanced, and, while showy now, it can be expected to grow for a decade. Inner quote mark (3/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This has a sleek edge, with damson plum, Campari and blood orange flavors nestled amid light cedar, juniper and incense notes. Has good length and lacks the vintage's often crisp edge. The fruit here has mellowed already, but this still has good brightness and definition for the vintage, and enough grip to hold a bit longer. This is the first vintage with pigeage in the cement vat portion of the vinification.(JM, Web Only-2015) Inner quote mark

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