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Château Margaux
Pavillon Rouge 2012
Margaux - aoc

  • Unit - 75cl
  • Wooden case of 6 - 75 cl
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Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Petit Verdot
Cabernet Franc
Ageing 18 to 24 months in oak barrels.
Production 100'000 bottles

Description

The production of a second wine probably goes back to the beginning of the XVII century because it is inseparable from the search for excellence which started at that time.

Sold under the name of "Château Margaux 2nd wine", it took its permanent name of Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux in 1908. After an eclipse between the thirties and the mid-seventies, its production restarted on the arrival of André Mentzelopoulos in 1977 and at first greatly increased in order to improve the quality of the first wine. From the mid - 1990s, the creation of a third wine in its turn, allowed for a more and more rigorous selection for Pavillon Rouge. For a few years now, a third of the harvest has gone into the first wine, barely 30% into the Pavillon Rouge, and the remainder is divided between the third and fourth wines.

The quality of Pavillon Rouge has become very close to that of the first wine because all the plots involved contributed to the blending of Château Margaux not so long ago. Of course there isn't the same complexity, the same depth, the same "magic" but the flavours are close and the balance in the mouth leads to the same subtle senses of power and softness. In general it is ready to drink a little earlier whilst retaining an excellent potential to age largely beyond 30 or 40 years.


Press briefings

17.5/20

Jancis Robinson

Tasting

The 2012 Pavillon Rouge is a very powerful wine - it almost reaches the historic levels of tannic concentration of the 2011 - but it is very balanced, fine and racy. If it does not reach the quality level of the 2010, it is probably not far from it, and is clearly above the 2011. It is already very enjoyable but will benefit from a few more years of waiting.

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