An exploration of wine

405. Château Pavie Macquin, Saint Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé, 1996

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Book 3 Wine 405

£25; 13.5%

Had this with Christmas lunch 2007, and although it was quite nice, it didn’t really merit the effort to get this label off! Pavie-Macquin was promoted in the 2006 St Emilion classification revision, to Premier Grand Cru Classé B, but I guess this was before their quality change. Quite deep garnet core – reflecting the Merlot content – with a narrow brick rim. Moderate intensity nose of blackcurrant, toast? and pencil lead. Mature, slatey / minerally savouriness on the palate. Still robustly structured, but needs more fruit to survive 5+ years. Not bad, but could do better.

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