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    4 520
  • Producer ranking ?

    66
  • Decanting time

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  • When to drink

    2020-2035

The Story

White wine production at Château Margaux goes back to the end of the XVII century. The cellar master at that time recounts how he was one of the first to separate the white grapes from the red during the vinification. Sold in the XIX century under the name « Château Margaux vin de sauvignon », it has existed under the brand name « Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux » since 1920 and its label has not changed since that date. 
The eleven-hectare vineyard is composed only of Sauvignon Blanc. It is situated on a very old plot of the Estate that had long since been planted with red vines and then been dug up because of the high risk of spring frosts. Production techniques, as well as the selection have been completely reviewed since the years 2009/2010 in order to reach a higher level of excellence; only 1/3 of the harvest is bottled, the remaining 2/3 is sold loose. So the quantity of Pavillon Blanc has been greatly reduced and isn’t more than one thousand cases. Today it benefits from the new wine cellar’s ultra-modern installations designed by Norman Foster.


The finesse, complexity, richness and the length in the mouth of Pavillon Blanc are incomparable for a wine produced from 100% Sauvignon. The very latest vintages, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 in particular, have opened up new horizons in quality, ageing capacity and style which has become more mineral and much more complex. A significant part of the harvest is bottled in magnums which create optimum ageing conditions.

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Vintage 2000

During the whole of the summer, the weather conditions were hot and dry but never extreme. The Sauvignon grapes therefore ripened perfectly, without reaching, however, either the exceptional concentration or ripeness of the 1999 and 2001 vintages. We are not sure of the reason for these differences; in fact the climatic factors, on which the ripening process depends, remain to be completely understood. Almost 10 years after its bottling, the 2000 Pavillon Blanc has developed real complexity and depth. It is delicious to drink now. (March 2011)

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A pair of Margaux Blancs was next, beginning with the 2000 Pavillon Blanc du Margaux. The nose was yeasty with complex straw and gold aromas, along with honeydew and honey drip. The palate had glue flavors, along with waterfall and sunchoke ones. It was tender and definitely at its peak, pleasing at first, but the more I tasted it, the more it went downhill (88).

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Margaux, Bordeaux

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc 2000  ( Château Margaux )

A pair of Margaux Blancs was next, beginning with the 2000 Pavillon Blanc du Margaux. The nose was yeasty with complex straw and gold aromas, along with honeydew and honey drip. The palate had glue flavors, along with waterfall and sunchoke ones. It was tender and definitely at its peak, pleasing at first, but the more I tasted it, the more it went downhill (88).

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