Another Thienpont/Derenoncourt project, Pavie Macquin is always impressive, seductive and bold. Produced from 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon from a plot next to Troplong Mondot and above Pavie. The bouquet is really exuberant - packed with bright blackberry jam notes. On the palate, there is a mass of liqueur fruit, notes of crème brûlée and masses of svelte, velvety black fruit. The tannins are really elegant and polished and one if left with a long, pure fruit finish.
Pavie Macquin is a Grand Cru Classé, located in the appellation of St Emilion.
St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.