Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux
    Château Margaux

    Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux,

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    Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux, 2016

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux, 2016

    As ever, Chateau Margaux’s white is a 100% Sauvignon Blanc wine raised entirely in oak, though today only a quarter of the demi-muid barrels they use are new. Fewer than 850 cases are produced of this prodigious wine that combines elements of cool tropicality and rich power with remarkable tension and poise. Thibault explained that the wine’s low pH of 3.2 was down to the cool nights they experienced leading up to harvest, and it is clearly a defining factor in the wine. It is so expressive and concentrated as notes of pineapple, lime, white flowers, grapefruit and orange peel bust across the palate in an intense display of powerful fruit notes that stain the mouth, leading to a fresh sleek finish that has notes of salt, fine complex minerality and sea shell. Bravo! Harvest was carried out between the 8th and 13th of September.

    Maturity:
    Keep
    ABV:
    13%
    95/100
    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
    The 2016 Pavillon Blanc from Chateau Margaux prances with showy scents of fresh pineapples, white peaches, and honeycomb, plus a touch of elderflower. The light to medium-bodied palate has amazing energy for the opulence of the fruit expression, featuring tropical fruit layers and a lively backbone, finishing long and electric.
    Date Reviewed:
    12/2022
    Drinking Window:
    2022 - 2038
    93/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2016 Pavillon Blanc de Château Margaux, which was bottled in May, has a beguiling bouquet of Golden Delicious apple, Williams pear and light crushed stone aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a taut line of acidity (in fact, the pH is 3.10 in this vintage) – citrus-fresh with impressive tension. A live-wire Pavillon Blanc with great sustain on the rich finish and a tang of ginger on the aftertaste. Superb.
    Date Reviewed:
    01/2019
    Drinking Window:
    2021 - 2035

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    country:
    France
    region:
    Bordeaux
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    Château Margaux

    Château Margaux

    As one would expect from one of the Left Bank’s First Growths, the Grand Vin de Chateau Margaux is one of the most profound and most sought-after wines of Bordeaux. Recent vintages have reached new peaks, harnessing the natural power of the terroir with an extraordinary precision and texture. Few wines combine such haunting perfume, elegance and ethereal complexity.

    The Mentzelopoulos family bought the estate from the Ginestet family in 1977. In an era of appalling vintages and economic depression in Bordeaux, Andre Mentzelopoulos invested in improving drainage, replanted vines, built a new barrel cellar and encouraged the use of a second label, Pavillon Rouge to improve quality. Sadly, Andre died in 1980 before the fruits of his labour were realised, but it was his vision and enterprise that laid the foundations for success. His daughter, Corrine along with the long-term general manager, Paul Pontallier continued the program of investment. Paul dedicated his working life to Chateau Margaux, restoring its reputation and pursuing excellence ceaselessly. His last vintage was the magnificent 2015, a fitting acknowledgement to his life and work.

    There has been a general trend towards producing wines with very high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. It was Paul’s belief that the finest gravel croupes are best suited to Cabernet. Much of the Merlot that was utilized in the Grand Vin is now blended into the second label, Pavillon Rouge and a new third label (simply called Margaux). A 12 hectare vineyard further inland, planted with Sauvignon Blanc, is used to produce their excellent white wine, Pavillon Blanc. Alas, this tense, mineral infused cuvee is produced in miniscule quantities and is a rarity to our list.

    Great as the wine of Chateau Margaux is, no introduction to this estate would be complete without mention of the magnificent Chateau, built by the Marquis de Colonilla and designed by Louis Combes. The Marquis allegedly had no real interest in wine, but his legacy is still enjoyed by everyone who visits. More recently, Sir Norman Foster and Partners designed a state-of-the-art winery, which blends seamlessly with its early 19th century surroundings.

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