Château Pavie Macquin Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

$115

This tremendous terroir has been brought back to life over the last 15 years by Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt. Its 37-acre vineyard, planted in deep clay and limestone soils, is composed of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Pavie-Macquin is not far from Gerard Perse's little treasure, Pavie-Decesse. The 2003 Pavie-Macquin turned out brilliantly, no doubt because its soils supported the summer's torrid heat and drought. Tipping the scales at 13.8% alcohol, it boasts an opaque purple color along with a gorgeous nose of blackberries, smoked meats, licorice, incense, and barbecue spices. Huge fruit on the attack is followed by a powerful, masculine wine with huge extract, high tannin, low acidity, and formidable power. Despite its low acidity, this is a wine to forget for 3-4 years, and drink over the following 20-25 years. When fully mature, this brilliant effort should rival the 2000 and 1998. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Diane Kessler

Tannins overtake the fruit. Did well with cheese course.

Tannins overtake the fruit. Did well with cheese course.

8.8

Franco Michienzi Delectable Pro

Sommelier, Hawksworth Restaurant

Lush red fruit and silky tannins. Just starting to evolve with a lively freshness and welcoming earthiness.

Lush red fruit and silky tannins. Just starting to evolve with a lively freshness and welcoming earthiness.

9.0

Eric Vishria

Great paring with Fred’s steak. Cork was busted but wine 100% intact.

Great paring with Fred’s steak. Cork was busted but wine 100% intact.

9.4

Steven Lee

Boys nite. Nothing special expect better

Boys nite. Nothing special expect better

9.1

Marvin Liu

Very good

Very good

9.6

Paul Jakubowski

One word describes this: okay. Dark red color. Decanted for 30+ minutes but I would try much much longer. Nose has tar and cherries in it. Wine is very reserved with a little medicine flavor on top of the cherries. Medium finish. Maybe my expectations were too high, but no depth to this guy. Better wines at this price point.

One word describes this: okay. Dark red color. Decanted for 30+ minutes but I would try much much longer. Nose has tar and cherries in it. Wine is very reserved with a little medicine flavor on top of the cherries. Medium finish. Maybe my expectations were too high, but no depth to this guy. Better wines at this price point.

9.1

Josh Abramson

Tastes more like Napa than Bordeaux. Very ripe, very good.

Tastes more like Napa than Bordeaux. Very ripe, very good.

9.4

Robert Rothfield

In a perfect spot......liquid velvet with bright fruit and resolved tannins. 15 yrs is it’s magic number

In a perfect spot......liquid velvet with bright fruit and resolved tannins. 15 yrs is it’s magic number

9.5

Michael Dierberg

Overly hot and dry summer of 2003 shows through. A tad one dimensional and too rich.

Overly hot and dry summer of 2003 shows through. A tad one dimensional and too rich.

9.0

D Rebello

Great grip and month feel. Long finish and not as ripe as expected given the vintage.

Great grip and month feel. Long finish and not as ripe as expected given the vintage.

9.1

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