chateau pavie macquin premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru 2016
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96
WINE SPECTATOR
95

2016 chateau pavie macquin premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru

Why We're Buying

The adage is that wine gets better with age. It can also apply to wineries. Château Pavie-Macquin has risen in prestige and prominence since the 1990s. Today, it has a Premier grand cru classé (B), the second-highest rating for Bordeaux, with its grand vin taking centerstage.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Pavie Macquin charges out of the glass with gregarious black cherries, warm blackberries and wild blueberries scents followed up by loads of red roses, baking spices, cedar chest and unsmoked cigars sparks plus a waft of wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is an exercise in poise, revealing layer upon layer of cherries and berries flavors and tons of savory nuances, framed by firm yet exquisitely ripe tannins, finishing very long.

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

Engaging, with a gush of warm raspberry, plum and boysenberry compote flavors leading the way, while red licorice, apple wood and sweet tobacco notes strut through the finish. Nice intensity overall gives this a mouthwatering echo and pulls you back for more. Best from 2023 through 2038.

CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE
94

Connoisseurs' Guide

Hailed by many as the finest offering from Pavie Macquin to date, this uncommonly rich, close-to-lush working invites comparison, albeit likely regarded as heretical by Bordeaux purists, with first-rate Napa Valley Cabernet. It is sumptuous stuff that floods the palate with ripe and unrelenting blackcurrant fruit that simply refuses to quit, and, if definitely drawn along bigger and fleshier lines, it is buttressed by seamlessly fit tannins and never in danger of becoming too much of a good thing.

DECANTER
95

Decanter

One of the coolest terroirs of St-Emilion, with clay and limestone at a height of 77m, on one of the highest spots of the plateau. It has a punch of cool blue fruits, with rippling tannins and a whirl of freshly cut mint on the finish. You will need to be patient, but expect to be richly rewarded. 70% new oak. A Derenoncourt-Thienpont wine. Drinking Window 2026 - 2045

JEB DUNNUCK
98

Jeb Dunnuck

Possibly the finest vintage of this cuvée to date, the 2016 Château Pavie Macquin comes from a cooler, later terroir on the upper plateau and checks in as 82% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 50% new oak. This deep, inky-colored effort boasts a rock star bouquet of blackcurrants, black cherries, white truffle, graphite, and spice. Deep, rich, and powerful on the palate, yet also balanced, elegant, and seamless, with ultra-fine tannins, this seamless beauty needs a decade of cellaring and will keep for 4-5 decades.

VINOUS
98

Vinous

The 2016 Pavie Macquin is a total stunner. Rich, lush and inviting, the 2016 is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Sweet red cherry, plum, rose petal, lavender and mint are all given an extra kick of allure by silky tannins that caress the palate from start to finish. There is a level of precision and nuance here that is simply breathtaking. The purity of the fruit is just mind-boggling.

JAMES SUCKLING
97

James Suckling

This is very linear and driven with a precise and driven center palate. Full-bodied, tight and compact. Energetic and well formed. Give it at least five years. Try from 2024.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
96

Wine Enthusiast

This juicy wine wears its alcohol lightly, contrasting the tannins and firm structure with freshness and acidity. Blackberry flavors dominate along with attractive perfumes. Drink this impressive wine from 2025.