It is twenty years since Nicolas Thienpont took the reins at Pavie Macquin and started working with a young talented Stéphane Derenoncourt. They instantly bonded and Stéphane was promoted to maître de chai. They have worked on numerous projects since this chance meeting. Pavie Macquin is modern, but engaging and possesses a harmony and balance that few wines in the St Emilion UGC achieved! Aromatically complex and exotic with notes of blueberries, potpourri, scorched earth, coal dust and spice. The palate is packed with liqueur cherries and elegant red fruits and has a silken tannic structure which holds it together. There's some finesse here and charm. 85% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc.
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.