98 Points Antonio Galloni
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.
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
For weightier style reds we recommend the Zalto Bordeaux glass, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wines depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhone style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay as well, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
Château Pavie Macquin sits in the appellation of St. Emilion, close to the vineyards of Pavie, Pavie-Decesse and Troplong-Mondot. The name comes from Albert Macquin who was known for helping to solve the phylloxera epidemic, as his vines at Pavie Macquin were among the first to be grafted onto American rootstocks. The property is owned today by the Corre Family, who are descended from Albert Macquin. In 1990, consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt was taken on board by the Pavie Macquin team and in 1998 the success of the château began to change. The estate is managed by Nicholas Thienpoint (who owns Château Troplong Mondot and Château Vieux Certan). The 2005 vintage is the best vintage to date, scoring 96+ Points from Robert Parker. The château also produces a second wine named Les Chênes de Macquin.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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