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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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2015 Pavillon Blanc (barrel sample) 94p

Tasted in April 2016.  Small yield, only 20 hl/ha, 100% Sauvignon Blanc which reached 14% in alcohol (perfect ripeness). 2015 vintage is first one with organic treatment in the vineyard. Aromatic and fresh, significant scent of acacia and grapefruit, rich, refined and with great acidity. Awesomely long finish. Best Pavillon Blanc ever for me. 94p.

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Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux: Creamy, vanilla, slightly oak, hint of toast, some white flowers, apple, some white currants and lemon. Very fresh and very good acidity, medium long finish. However I love the 2014 vintage more for Blanc. 92+
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Bright yellow with green hue. Very elegant and fine nose, complex with fruit and spiciness. On the palate incredibly crisp for this vintage, excellent length, very elegant, vibrant fruit and minerality. Although the alcohol is above 14 Vol% the wine seems very digest, fresh, with an acidity balancing the alcohol in a perfect way.
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Margaux, Bordeaux

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc 2015  ( Château Margaux )

2015 Pavillon Blanc (barrel sample) 94p

Tasted in April 2016.  Small yield, only 20 hl/ha, 100% Sauvignon Blanc which reached 14% in alcohol (perfect ripeness). 2015 vintage is first one with organic treatment in the vineyard. Aromatic and fresh, significant scent of acacia and grapefruit, rich, refined and with great acidity. Awesomely long finish. Best Pavillon Blanc ever for me. 94p.

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc 2015  ( Château Margaux )

"Lemon lime grapefruit aromas ginger spice notes. Well concentrated grapefruit, lime lemon tonic water flavours, crisp acidity with juicy notes. Supple and voluminous with excellent length. 96 points. "

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 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc 2015  ( Château Margaux )

"Pavillon Blanc – 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Open lemon and white flowers on the nose, intense, subtle too, the entry is soft, the lacy delicacy here is amazing, very ripe, great tension too, grapefruit on the finish. Really lovely mouthfeel flavour and persistence. Always a rigorous selection here only a third of the harvest making it into the first wine. The aim has been to pick a little earlier to clip the ripeness, reducing the alcohol and elevating the freshness through the acidity. Certainly a fine result again this year. 92/94/100 2020-2035"

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc 2015  ( Château Margaux )

"Bright yellow with green hue. Very elegant and fine nose, complex with fruit and spiciness. On the palate incredibly crisp for this vintage, excellent length, very elegant, vibrant fruit and minerality. Although the alcohol is above 14 Vol% the wine seems very digest, fresh, with an acidity balancing the alcohol in a perfect way. "

1y 6m ago

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