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    2020-2025
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

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.

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Cardboard was the first thing that I noticed in the nose of the 2004 Pavillon Rouge du Margaux, in the best way possible and not in a corked way, I should add. Coffee, roasted nut and cassis were all secondary, with pinches of earth blending into the coffee. Tertiary aromas of cedar and fir spice emerged in this round and tender wine. The palate was earthy with that gout de terroir, possessing candle wax flavors and a very dry finish, typical of the vintage. I remembered this wine being more impressive at the winery, but then again doesn’t it always taste better there? Gil insisted that the white was so good, it knocked down the ’04 a notch or two.

  • 88p
Margaux has produced a second wine since the nineteenth century, and “Pavillon Rouge” was first named as such in 1908. Until André Mentzelopoulos’ arrival in 1977, no second wine had been produced for over 40 years. It is made from younger vines and bottled three or four months earlier than the first wine. Just as Pavillon Rouge exists to reinforce the quality of the grand vin, there is also a third wine, first made in 1997, which is not bottled at the estate but instead sold in bulk to Bordeaux wine merchants. It certainly looks and smells “modern” – bright purple, with creamy oak on the nose, though there is something more classic and savoury underneath. Surprisingly concentrated, with real depth. The tannins are a bit chewy at the moment, but these will soften over the next 5+ years. Reasonable length, but good wine - fresh and generous. Skilfully crafted.
  • 90p
A beautiful Pavillon Rouge that I keep coming back to. Cassis, smoke, cherries, vanilla and lots of flesh. Quite nice."
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Margaux, Bordeaux

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge 2004  ( Château Margaux )

Cardboard was the first thing that I noticed in the nose of the 2004 Pavillon Rouge du Margaux, in the best way possible and not in a corked way, I should add. Coffee, roasted nut and cassis were all secondary, with pinches of earth blending into the coffee. Tertiary aromas of cedar and fir spice emerged in this round and tender wine. The palate was earthy with that gout de terroir, possessing candle wax flavors and a very dry finish, typical of the vintage. I remembered this wine being more impressive at the winery, but then again doesn’t it always taste better there? Gil insisted that the white was so good, it knocked down the ’04 a notch or two.

2m 7d ago

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 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge 2004  ( Château Margaux )

"Margaux has produced a second wine since the nineteenth century, and “Pavillon Rouge” was first named as such in 1908. Until André Mentzelopoulos’ arrival in 1977, no second wine had been produced for over 40 years. It is made from younger vines and bottled three or four months earlier than the first wine. Just as Pavillon Rouge exists to reinforce the quality of the grand vin, there is also a third wine, first made in 1997, which is not bottled at the estate but instead sold in bulk to Bordeaux wine merchants.

It certainly looks and smells “modern” – bright purple, with creamy oak on the nose, though there is something more classic and savoury underneath. Surprisingly concentrated, with real depth. The tannins are a bit chewy at the moment, but these will soften over the next 5+ years. Reasonable length, but good wine - fresh and generous. Skilfully crafted. "

2y 2m ago

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 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge 2004  ( Château Margaux )

"Margaux has produced a second wine since the nineteenth century, and “Pavillon Rouge” was first named as such in 1908. Until André Mentzelopoulos’ arrival in 1977, no second wine had been produced for over 40 years. It is made from younger vines and bottled three or four months earlier than the first wine. Just as Pavillon Rouge exists to reinforce the quality of the grand vin, there is also a third wine, first made in 1997, which is not bottled at the estate but instead sold in bulk to Bordeaux wine merchants.

It certainly looks and smells “modern” – bright purple, with creamy oak on the nose, though there is something more classic and savoury underneath. Surprisingly concentrated, with real depth. The tannins are a bit chewy at the moment, but these will soften over the next 5+ years. Reasonable length, but good wine - fresh and generous. Skilfully crafted. Age to 2016+. 88"

2y 5m ago

90p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge 2004  ( Château Margaux )

""A nice Pavillon with a to of sap, cassis, vanilla, some tobacco smoke. Very good.""

2y 8m ago

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 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge 2004  ( Château Margaux )

"A beautiful Pavillon Rouge that I keep coming back to. Cassis, smoke, cherries, vanilla and lots of flesh. Quite nice.""

2y 8m ago

90p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge 2004  ( Château Margaux )

"A beautiful Pavillon Rouge that I keep coming back to. Cassis, smoke, cherries, vanilla and lots of flesh. Quite nice.""

2y 8m ago

90p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge 2004  ( Château Margaux )

"A beautiful Pavillon Rouge that I keep coming back to. Cassis, smoke, cherries, vanilla and lots of flesh. Quite nice.""

2y 8m ago

90p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge 2004  ( Château Margaux )

"A beautiful Pavillon Rouge that I keep coming back to. Cassis, smoke, cherries, vanilla and lots of flesh. Quite nice.""

2y 8m ago

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge 2004  ( Château Margaux )

"Ruby. Cassis, bell peppers and scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant palate, refreshing and elegant texture, savory and long. "

4y 6m ago

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