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Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux 2019

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Margaux
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Margaux's second wine is made from a serious selection process that takes place at this First Growth Chateau. There is also a third wine called Margaux de Margaux (that is not sold En Primeur) and a fourth wine that is sold off in bulk. In 2018 Pavillon Rouge represents 30% of the total production (the grand vin is 36%).

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Tasting Notes

Given that Margaux's second wine contains plenty of fruit that made it into the grand vin just a decade or two ago, great things are to be expected from this bottling. Yet I was nonetheless taken aback by the quality of the 2019 Pavillon Rouge. Wafting from the glass with aromas of raspberries, plums and cherries mingled with rose petals and sweet spices, it's medium to full-bodied, sensual and concentrated, with beautifully refined tannins, racy acids and a long, penetrating finish. This is an exquisite Pavillon Rouge that is well worth seeking out. I confess that I don't buy many second wines, but I did purchase a case of this, with alacrity, right after tasting it. Drink Date 2025 - 2050

William Kelley, RobertParker.com (April 2022), April 2022

Fresh tobacco, currant and earth, opening up to forest flowers. It’s rich in tannins, but very soft and beautiful. Layered, with lots of fine fruit and a velvety texture. Blackberry and chocolate in the finish too. 27% of the crop and a blend of 76% cabernet sauvignon and 19% merlot, the rest petit verdot and cabernet franc. Delicious already, but give it at least six years of bottle age. Better after 2027.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2022

The 2019 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux is deep garnet-purple in color. It slowly emerges from the glass with an alluring perfume of lilacs, fragrant soil, and cinnamon stick, over a core of warm cassis and wild blueberries. The medium-bodied palate is super-intense, with exquisitely ripe tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long and perfumed. Gorgeous!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2023

Classically balanced Pavillon Rouge, fairly restrained in its fruits, good tannic structure, very much on the plum and bilberry fruits. There is a lovely balance here, with freshness, less exuberant than the 2018 yet with a quiet sense of building and delivering momentum. As it opens, rose petal and peony aromatics begin to hover above the glass, enticing you in. There is a lot going on here, and it's a successful wine with juicy perfumed fruit. 27% of total production, 47hl/ha yield.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, January 2022

Tasted blind. Glowing crimson. Creamy texture, buttery nose. Round fruit, which really grabs the palate and brain, and almost disguises the tannic power behind it. Really nice wine! Accessible. Long. 14%
Drink 2026
– 2043

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2023

Made from 27% of the crop this year with a further 20% going into the third wine and 15% sold off in bulk. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, aged in 60% new oak. 14.2% abv. Deep ruby in colour with a floral and open nose of summer pudding, tempered by some savoury cedar and dried flowers. The palate is sumptuous and soft, with silky tannins gently framing an expansive core of fresh fruit. The approachable and fleshy fruit shines through, just as it should on a second wine. There are hints of violet, baked vanilla and hedgerow than linger on a pure, elegant finish. This will be delicious from an early stage.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. 27% of the production. Barrel sample.
Quite rich and ripe with an almost raisined note to the fruit. A little more robust than usual, the fruit dense and gourmand, the tannins plentiful, firm and grainy behind. A touch of freshness on the finish pulls it together but a bit of chew at the end. (JL) 14.2%
Drink 2025 – 2035

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020
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Made from 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2019 Pavillon Rouge is deep garnet-purple colored. It springs forth with vibrant black and red cherries, mulberries, and cassis notes, plus suggestions of menthol, spice cake, and cardamom. Medium-bodied, it is elegant and fine with a racy backbone and loads of mineral sparks, finishing long and lively.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

Succulent and gorgeous with such supple tannins, yet it’s full bodied and very rich. It’s very savory, too. Dense, yet polished on the palate, showing fresh, minerally and salty notes. You want to drink it already. 27% of the crop and a blend of 76% cabernet sauvignon and 19% merlot, the rest petit verdot and cabernet franc.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020

The 2019 Pavillon Rouge is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, accounting for 47% of the crop. The alcohol came in at 14.2%, the IPT was 75, and the pH was 3.66. Deep garnet-purple in color, it begins a little closed and broody, soon unfurling to offer notes of tar, black licorice, cracked peppercorns and woodsmoke over a core of Morello cherries, boysenberries and warm cassis plus an earthy touch of forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant, refreshing and wonderfully refined, with beautifully ripe, plush tannins and impressive freshness lifting the black fruit and earthy layers with a long finish. It should age beautifully!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020 ), June 2020

Packed with spice and fruit on the nose, this grips you and lifts off. A great mid palate with juicy, enrobed tannins and seductive fleshy fruit in the mouth. Makes you smile, enticingly creamy and yet with sappy slate on the finish. One of the best Pavillon Rouge for years. 27% of overall production in Pavillon. 2% Cabernet Franc completes the blend. A yield of 47hl/ha, (compared to 30hl/ha last year). Tannin index of 75 IPT so higher than 2009, 2010, 2016 (only 2018 higher). Drinking Window 2025 - 2040

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020
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