The estates second wine, the sexy 2009 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux, offers lots of black raspberry, cedar and foresty/underbrush notes in its round, generous, full-bodied, seductive embrace of black fruits interwoven with floral notes results. This seamless second wine is one of the finest Chateau Margaux has made to date. Enjoy it over the next two decades.
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012|
The dark ruby/purple-hued 2009 Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux offers a big, sweet kiss of spring flowers intermixed with blueberries and blackberries, a silky texture, and a dense, concentrated, but seamless mouthfeel. This glorious wine should drink well for 20 or more years. (Tasted once.) Drink 2010-2030.
Paul Pontallier told me they had never had such levels of concentration and tannin as they did in 2009, exceeding anything they ever produced since the Mentzelopoulos family purchased this property in 1978. Pontallier believes 1996 is the closest stylistically, but 2009 is significantly more concentrated than that vintage. I do not disagree because tasting the second wine, Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux, demonstrates that the 2009 is far superior to almost every Chateau Margaux made in the fifties, sixties, and seventies, except for the 1961 and 1953.
|Score: 91/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
Tasted at the chateau. 67% CS, 29M% and 4% PV and includes 13-14% of vin de presse. This has a lucid purple colour. A plush, sensuous nose with black cherry, cassis and violets: very pure, in some ways reminding me of a combination of the 1996 and 2006 but with more panache and vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, quite edgy on the entry, very good acidity here, a certain symmetry that perhaps has been missing in recent vintages. The finish is very natural, showing very fine minerality and poise. This is superb. Tasted March 2010.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010|
This is wonderful to taste, with plums, berries, strawberries, and flowers. It's full and creamy textured, with gorgeous ripe tannins and a long, long finish. Such balance. Amazing tannin quality. Second wine of Margaux. One of best Pavillon Rouges ever. Try after 2018
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2012|
Love the strawberry and ripe raspberry aromas. Full-bodied, with superrefined tannins, berry, flower and rose petal. Fresh finish. Harmonious.
|Score: 90/93||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2010|
41% of the crop. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 29% Merlot. Pontallier says: 'We were tempted to make a Pavillon better than ever. Luscious but light. Stricter selection for Pavillon than usual.'Bright crimson. Very fragrant, like the Issan. Quite low key. Very sweet palate entry and light and just a little herbaceous on the palate. Some chew as though the lots with the least ripe tannins went into this. Deep throat warming finish though. Very pure. Date tasted 31st March 2010. Drink 2016-2025.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
Chateau Margaux's second wine represents 41% of the crop with 23% sold off in bulk. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Paul Pontallier reckons that this is better than some previous vintages of Margaux's grand vin. A floral, perfumed nose, red fruit on the palate. Beautiful balance here and lots of seductive cream and spice. Charming and stylish.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2010|
Sweet black fruits are backed by red, the fragrance of woodland violets in evidence. The fruit is ripe succulent and sweet, the lushness emphasis by rounded tannins. Red cherry refreshes and the complex mix of flavours lingers on the back palate. Drink 2016-2040.
|Score: 90/94||Derek Smedley MW, April 2010|
Paul Pontallier is considering the possibility of a third wine in 2009, such (in his view) is the quality of his second wine, Pavillon Rouge. This has a delightful elegance to it: silky and fresh, with red and black fruits intermingled on the palate and grainy tannins. The 60% new barrels are a little too prominent at the moment, but should fade into the background with time. 10+ years.
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, April 2010|
Fine deep colour, great purity of Cabernet on the nose, a really beautiful wine, pure Margaux, perfect balance and unexpected length. Drink 2014-24.
|Score: 18||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2010|