2015 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux, Margaux

Whilst Pavillon is usually produced from around 35% of the Margaux crop, in 2015 it is just 23%, such is the selection and the commitment to quality. Ripe and warm with spice and a real Cabernet Sauvignon character, this is a silky, sensuous, structured wine. Thibaut Pontallier, son of the great Paul Pontallier, is sure that this is equal to the quality of Grands Vins of yesteryear. What is clear, is that it is an incredibly impressive wine.

Critic score
92/100
Pricing
Bottle
From a client
5 available
£182.68
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
1 available
£1,124.88

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    74% Cabernet Sauvignon
    21% Merlot
    4% Cabernet Franc
    1% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2040
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2015 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux, Margaux

TASTING NOTES

Very beautifully integrated on the nose. Still quite structured on the palate. Quite ambitious. This really is the sort of wine that would have been Ch Margaux in the 1980s. Excellent freshness and length. Not at all like a second wine. Great lift towards the end.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2016)
17.5/20
Decanter (April 2016)
93/100

The 2015 Pavillon Rouge is lovely. Open-knit, gracious and seductive, the 2015 offers striking palate presence and nuance. Exotic flower and a dash of white pepper add aromatic lift in a silky wine that shows the pure class of Margaux and Château Margaux. The 2015 is a striking, precise wine endowed with real class through and through. Approximately 26% of the crop went into the Pavillon Rouge.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2016)
90—93/100

The 2015 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux, which represents just 23% of the total production this year, has a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon than other years, 74%, with 21% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It has a very refined bouquet, focused and extraordinarily pure with blackcurrant, blueberry and minerals. The 50% new oak is beautifully integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a little more masculine than I was expecting, a Pavillon with firm structure imparted by that higher proportion of Cabernet. But the freshness is ample and there is a long, satisfying graphite note that seems to last forever on the finish. What a great deuxième vin, a stunning Pavillon Rouge.

Neal Martin, robertparker.com (April 2016)
92—94/100

Shows incredible depth and power with near perfect Margaux character of black fruits and power. Full body, very tannic yet polished and refined. It’s like the gran vin but in a year like 2006 or 2007. Best ever.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2016)
95—96/100