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  • Country ranking ?

    1 038
  • Producer ranking ?

    60
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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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Vintage 2009

Much like 1947, 1961 and 2005, 2009 is a year of almost overly (for Bordeaux) flamboyant and opulent wines with high maturity and low acidity. The tannins are exceptionally ripe, while the wines are quite voluptuous in style. The Left Bank recorded more hours of sunshine than legendary vintages such as 1947 and 1982, and the grapes had higher sugar concentrations than in 2003 and 2005. The key was significant diurnal temperature variations that allowed the grapes to withstand hot daytime temperatures. An exceptional vintage on all levels.

 

 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium and Cherry Red

flavors

Balsamic

nose

Intense and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Medium tannin, Perfectly balanced, Well-structured, Developing, Full-bodied, Full, Fruity, Toasty, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Impressive

Written Notes

This offers generous amounts of soft, easy-going blackcurrant fruit, a medium body and a soft finish. An elegant Margaux exemplary in every sense of the word. From a vintage that's drinking well today.

  • 92p
Bright ruby. Floral, cassis, leather, layered and subdued nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, superb texture and structure, lovely balance, refined and long.
  • 92p
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Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

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Château Margaux

Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc

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