Bordeaux 2016: Pavie Macquin, Domaine de Chevalier and Chateau Giscours

Bordeaux 2016: Pavie Macquin, Domaine de Chevalier and Chateau Giscours
Frantic Friday…

We were expecting a leisurely Friday before a long French weekend (Whit Monday), but the Bordelais had other ideas. The campaign is in full swing and it seems like they want to wrap everything up before Vinexpo. The big news is the release of the Cheval Blanc at £6400/12. This is a stupendously good wine. There are also minute quantities of the second wine, Petit Cheval at £1420/12.

Another notable release from St Emilion was the excellent Pavie Macquin from Nicolas Thienpont (£720/12). This has huge scores from all the critics, including a sensational 96-99 points from Antonio Galloni

‘A wine of total finesse, the 2016 Pavie Macquin is also one of the most riveting wines of the vintage. Silky and supple on the palate, with no hard edges and exceptional balance, it takes over all the senses and never lets up. The flavors are bright, precise and beautifully nuanced. Above all else, Pavie Macquin is a wine of elegance, and that is exactly what comes through in the 2016. The wine plays in the dimensions of bright, floral-infused, red-toned fruits, silky tannins and length more than pure power or breadth. The 2016 is a stunningly beautiful bottle of wine and one of the finest reds of the year - it's as simple as that. In 2016, Nicolas Thienpont opted for long macerations of around four weeks in a combination of cement and oak. Tasted three times. 96-99/100’. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com

From Pessac Leognan we have Olivier Bernard’s Domaine de Chevalier red and white. Olivier has transformed the fortunes of this estate; this now ranks amongst the very finest estates in Graves. The 2016 rouge get some impressive scores from the critics including a 94-96 from Neal Martin. Malartic Lagraviere has also released its red and white - both are £490/12.

The final release hails from the commune of Margaux. Chateau Giscours was a huge success last year, selling out in a flash. The 2016 is a worthy successor with 93-95 points from Neal Martin and very respectable 96-97 from James Suckling. The price is £540/12.

‘This is extremely long and linear with a powerful and refined texture of superfine tannins. Full-bodied, yet so tight and polished. The finish is very, very impressive. Snaps at the end. Better than the 2015? 96-97/100’. - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com