"92+ out of 100…The 2009 is enormous in size, yet broodingly backward, I was somewhat surprised by the astringency of the tannins in this blend of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a big wine (14.5% alcohol), black purple in color, with huge concentration of fruit and beautiful purity, but a good decade of cellaring is required. From a top terroir, this wine is built for the long haul, and I am sure it will be even better than its relatively conservative rating at this point. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2035." - Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate
96 out of 100...This is a wow" wine, with a stunning display of plum, blackberry and raspberry confiture aromas and flavors, allied to a dense but very velvety structure. Licorice, violet and plum cake notes fill in the background. Everything carries through the long, lush finish until the fine chalky minerality finally appears, adding remarkable finesse to this otherwise explosive display. Hard not to drink now, but this will cruise in the cellar.—Non-blind Pavie Macquin vertical (December 2014). Drink now through 2030. 3,750 cases made." - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
"96 out of 100...Gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberries and blueberries, with vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with a solid core of very ripe fruit, toasted oak, milk chocolate and a long finish. Layered and intense. Made from organically grown grapes. Try in 2018." - James Suckling
"95 out of 100...The Pavie-Macquin ‘09 is a blend of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and just 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a very ripe, sweet creme de cassis and blackcurrant pastille scented bouquet that is not a million miles away from Pavie ‘09, but not as gregarious and showing more aromatic clarity. The palate is medium-bodied with hints of dried orange peel and cedar on the entry. This is beginning to show both its backbone and minerality and like the Pavie, may close up for several years. A great wine though – wonderful poise and effervescence here. Tasted December 2012." - Neal Martin, Wine Journal
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