(13.8% alcohol; 3.63 pH): Bright red with a pale rim. Candied violet, cherry cola, almond paste and savory herbs on the expressive nose. Smooth and suave on entry, then lively and bright in the middle, delivering opulent red cherry, mineral and floral flavors of uncommon purity and poise. Outstanding length and balance on the perfumed, seamless finish. Another standout wine by Thienpont and Derenoncourt. Surprisingly drinkable already but has the stuffing to age and improve for at least another 15 years. Apparently, no cabernet sauvignon was included in this blend.
Robert Parker 93
The 2000 Pavie-Macquin has a high-toned bouquet with black cherries, cassis and a very slight acetic notes that is a little distracting. Still, the palate is full-bodied and loaded with glycerol lending it a very modern sheen, sumptuous heady dark fruits with a very sweet, seductive finish. Not my style of Saint Emilion, but well crafted and should not be approached for several years. Tasted November 2010.
Thick and sweet. Very flattering. Great balance.
Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020