Located in St. Emilion, this Premier Grand Cru Classe B Estate takes its name from the famous Albert Macquin (1852-1911). An agricultural engineer, he popularized grafted plants which would save the vineyard after it was ravaged by phylloxera. The Chateau is now owned by his grandchildren as well as their own children, the Corre and Charpentier families.

 

The 15 hectares of vineyards lie next to the other Pavie Estates: Pavie and Pavie-Decesse. Since 1998, a vintage awarded 97 points by Robert Parker, the Estate has seen a true renaissance. During this period of improvement, they have boasted Stephane Derenoncourt and Nicolas Thienpont in the winemaking team. A pioneer of the Right Bank, Thienpont introduced organic and then biodynamic winemaking and contributed to developing the property’s style, a wine of great power and tension.

 

The soils here are limestone and clay. The significant water retention capacity of the clay means that it heats up slowly and budding takes more time, creating the late ripening character of terroir. These powerful fleshy wines boast minerality, freshness and a generous fruit character. Naturally, the blend is predominantly Merlot and some Cabernet Franc is added to support the backbone and to increase complexity of the wine. The blend is topped-off with 2% old vine Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

There is little doubt of the Estate’s great potential. With Pavie directly south and surrounded by some of St. Emilion’s finest properties, it is a Chateau on the rise, taking full advantage of its superb terroir. The Estate has two famous premium plots, the Ausone Hill, where the vines line against Ausone and the Pavie hill neighboring Pavie. With these neighbors and terroir, it is easy to understand how this has become one of the hottest properties and for the time being, brilliant value.