Already in bottle, the 2013 Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux (100% Sauvignon Blanc) reveals stunning notes of honeyed grapefruit, lemon zest and a hint of tropical fruit in a medium-bodied, crisp, fresh, lively style. Despite being fermented and aged in wood, the oak component is pushed to the background. The wine shows terrific acidity, purity and personality. Drink it over the next decade or more
|Score: 92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014|
The Pavillon Blanc was picked from 19 to 27 September, which Paul Pontallier mentioned was before the botrytis hit. The blend has not physically been made although the sample is representative of the final blend. They key to its success is that being 100% Sauvignon Blanc, this grape variety is less prone to rot. It has a delicate bouquet with gooseberry and grapefruit scents, a hint of gravel in the background. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity. It is perhaps not the most complex Pavillon Blanc I have tasted, although it has great persistency in the mouth. Tasted April 2014.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2014|
This has loads of dried lemon, aniseed and fennel seeds aromas and flavors. Lemon zest as well. Full body and dry with bright acidity and fruit. Very intense. Powerful finish. Drink now.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2016|
A tangy, lively white from Margaux with sliced-lemon, citrus-skin and grapefruit character. Full body with a solid core of fruit and a long, long finish. So expressive and lively. 100% sauvignon blanc.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2014|
Lemon, grapefruit, mint, crushed rocks and slate wrap around the palate in the 2013 Pavillon Blanc, a wine that deftly balances bright, focused aromatics with gorgeous textural finesse, all supported by beams of intense, vibrant salinity. The Pavillon Blanc is a drop-dead gorgeous white with tons of potential. Sadly, only 40% of the crop made it into the bottle.
|Score: 93/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2014|
This is the dry white wine of Chateau Margaux, made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Only 40% of the crop was used in 2013. Picked from late September before any botrytis arrived - 11 days before the red grapes. Less than 1000 cases will be produced. Pale lemon colour, with a zesty nose of lemon and grapefruit, gooseberries, and spicy ginger. The palate is sharp, precise and focused with a core of ripe citrus fruit embellished with passionfruit, pineapples, vanilla and exotic spice on the finish, which is long.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, April 2014|
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2014|