Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionBordeaux Appellation
ColourWhite
TypeStill

This is the dry white wine of Chateau Margaux, made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Less than 1000 cases are produced annually.


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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux features fresh grapefruit, white peaches and lemon juice scents springing from the glass, followed by lime leaves, wet pebbles and elderflower plus a touch of honeysuckle. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and fresh with loads of vivacity and a long, mineral-laced finish. Drink 2021-2038.

Score: 94Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim En), November 2018

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. Drink 2021-2035.

Score: 93Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux was picked between 8 and 13 September and represents just one-third of the production due to a strict selection, around 10,000 bottles. Matured in 20% new oak in more demi-muids than before, it has a glorious bouquet with lime flower, passion fruit and a touch of lychee all with wonderful definition. The palate is very well balanced with a smooth, slightly viscous texture. The acidity counterbalances the richness here and it is blessed with gorgeous tropical tones on the tensile finish. This is excellent. Drink 2019-2032.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

This is really exciting with a vivid and energetic acidity and brightness. Lemon rind, pear and mineral character. Full-bodied, tight and long. A winner. Great finish.

Score: 97/98James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 Pavillon Blanc is impressive today. I am especially captivated by the wine's tremendous aromatic presence and overall persistence. In the glass, the 2016 offers an enticing interplay of fruit richness and perfume, with strands of salinity that give the wine shape and energy. Citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers add the closing shades of nuance. Drink 2021-2036.

Score: 95Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

The 2016 Pavillon Blanc is one of the most refined whites of the vintage. Orchard fruit, white flowers, mint and slate notes are beautifully vivid and delineated throughout. Creamy, pliant and polished to the core, the 2016 is simply exceptional. For readers who can find it and afford the price tag, the 2016 Pavillon Blanc is a total knockout and a wine of true aristocratic breeding.

Score: 94/97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Almost oily and creamy. Lovely precision. Racy and lively. Very pure and luxurious. The closest to Petit Cheval Blanc. Very limey and energetic. Lanolin and really refreshing.
Drink 2019-2030

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

This is the dry white wine of Chateau Margaux, made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Less than 1000 cases are produced annually. Grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel on the nose, with a hint of vanilla and clove. The palate is fresh and smoky, lemons and melons bringing freshness and ripeness in equal measure. The mid-palate tension from brisk acidity lifts the wine through to a long, smoky finish that just starts to broaden out with a lightly oily texture.

Score: 17Farr Vintners, April 2017

Always based on Sauvignon Blanc and brought up in 20% new French oak, the 2016 Pavillon Blanc shows a racy, reductive style that slowly opens up in the glass and shows more and more richness. Beautiful notes of crushed citrus, tart peach, and bright minerality all emerge from this medium-bodied, concentrated white that has high yet integrated acidity, flawless balance, and a great finish. It’s hard to resist, yet I suspect it will keep for decades. Drink 2019-2039.

Score: 94Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019

Rich ripe fruit on the nose the palate has pineapple and hints of tropical fruits depth of flavour. Bright and fresh in the middle balance layers of flavour complexity. Rich ripe fruit at the back the finish is lighter with fresh fruits stylish and long. 2020-33

Score: 92/95Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

2016 wasn’t the easiest vintage for white wines in Bordeaux, but class always shines through. This creamy, zesty, beautifully oaked Sauvignon Blanc never disappoints, with notes of grapefruit, toast and lemon zest and a fine, balanced finish. 2018-23

Score: 95Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

They started harvesting the whites here on 8th September, three or four days earlier than last year and earlier than planned after checking the acidity levels - an excellent decision as this is easily one of the best white wines of Bordeaux this year. It has grip, tension and a wealth of aromatics that is surprising as it is 100% Sauvignon Blanc, and it was the Semillons that resisted the heat a little better down in Pessac. With steely citrus, slate, mineral and a sappy finish, it hugs throughout the palate. All the white grapes had come in by 13th September, and the pH is a vibrant 3.2. Valerie Lavigne, long-time associate of Denis Dubourdieu, works with the team on the white wine. Yield of 23hl/ha.

Drinking Window 2020 - 2035

Score: 96Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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