Very pale in colour with a zesty nose of grapefruit and pithy lemon, accented by creamy vanilla from new oak. The palate is racy and vibrant, the high acidity helping to cut through the fleshy, ripe fruit at the core. The spicy oak is subtle and integrated on the palate, giving a lightly pithy, harmonious and long finish.
|Score: 17+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
The 2018 Pavillon Blanc is made of 100% Sauvignon Blanc that was picked in August—there was no water stress on the vines at this stage. The wine has a pH of 3.1 and 13.5% alcohol. It leaps from the glass with exuberant green guava, fresh pineapple and apricot scents with hints of mandarin peel, honeysuckle and fresh ginger. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and very fresh with wonderful, intense tropical layers, finishing very exotic.
|Score: 93/95||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
A very powerful and dense white with loads of dried lemons and cooked peaches. Full-bodied with chewy phenolic tension and texture. Extremely long. Lasts for minutes. Layered!
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Pavillon Blanc is rich and beautifully layered, with a striking interplay of aromas, flavors and textures. Citrus peel, white flowers and orchard fruit give the 2018 lovely resonance from start to finish. Harvest was about a week earlier than normal, which is to say between August 27-31, before dehydration in the field became an issue. The 2018 captures the natural radiance of the year while retaining terrific freshness as well. In a word: sublime.
|Score: 91/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
Harvest started 27 August, as in 2017. ‘It’s as if this came from another vintage’, says winemaker Phillipe Bascaules, because the drought of September missed them because of the harvest date and they missed the hydric stress that the reds faced, so they were able to keep the freshness. Easier to explain the freshness of the whites than that of the reds, he suggested. pH 3.1. Barrel sample.
Subtle oak spice and mealy, creamy notes from the barrels but also beautifully fragrant citrus and blossom on the nose, making the palate all the more remarkable in its incredible fruit intensity. Amazing intensity and freshness at the same time. Concentration but with this salty aftertaste. Mouth-watering. Succulent and so full of pure, fragrant citrus, almost a touch of apricot. Really aromatic on the palate too. Both sweet-fruited and salty giving very good balance. Mealy, almost savoury on the final salty finish. (JH) 13.5%
|Score: 17.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
One of the whites of the vintage is the 2018 Château Margaux Pavillon Blanc, which is all Sauvignon Blanc brought up in barrel. This racy, medium to full-bodied beauty offers a terrific sense of freshness and tension as well as complex notes of lemon curd, white grapefruit, white flowers, and salty minerality. Vibrant, racy, yet also textured and beautifully concentrated, it's unquestionably in the top handful of whites in the vintage.
|Score: 95/97||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
(100 Sauvignon Blanc) | 13.5% alc They harvested between the 27th - 31st August as the acidity looked like dipping too much, so this was a relatively early harvest. This is a bitter lemon style with serious attack of sherbet and pith on the palate and the length and razor edge is amazing. I think that this is a vintage which will age well given it is super-dry and very keenly acidic. The weight is seemingly lighter but also more intense than in previous vintages. It is by far the most rapier-sharp wine of the vintage.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|