2020 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux, Margaux

The Pavillon Rouge in 2020 reflects the remarkable effort made on its bigger brother: this is one of the finest Pavillons we've come across. Notes of violets and graphite on the nose give way to a palate with blue fruit, and a tightly wound core. This is an astonishing second wine, a real tour de force.

Critic score
94.25/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£168.28
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£1,009.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2044
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux, Margaux

TASTING NOTES

Blackberry and graphite with dark fruit and violets on the nose. Very complex. Full-bodied with lovely, fine tannins that are lightly chewy. Extremely long and polished. Really refined. Integrated tannins. Wonderful length.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)
96—97/100

Sinewed muscle, nuanced aromatics, graphite, gunsmoke, fresh tobacco leaf and blackberry puree. Great purity of fruits, a ton of lift and freshly crushed mint leaf aromatics that grip and curl out of the glass. One of the really successful second wines in the vintage. 31% of the overall blend. 2% of Cabernet Franc completes the blend.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
94/100

The 2020 Pavillon Rouge de Château Margaux has an understated nose at first, gradually opening to offer raspberry and wild strawberry and subtle iodine scents in the background, precise but not wishing to create too much of a fuss. The palate is medium-bodied with a pliant opening. There is a discreet lushness conveyed by this Pavillon Rouge. At its core is brambly red fruit laced with white pepper and sour cherry, and just a faint pencil lead and black olive note right on the finish. I suspect that this will be a more approachable Pavillon Rouge compared to the 2018 and 2019, but it will certainly not shortchange anyone in terms of elegance.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
(91—93)/100

Pronounced fruit and freshness with finely matted, powdery tannins that provide elegance and a suavity of texture. Aromatic and juicy on the finish. Medium to long ageing potential.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)
17+/20
Château Margaux

Château Margaux, is the most important château in the appellation of the same name. Its legendary reputation is as strong today as it was when it was first classified as a First Growth and it has remained a sought after name in the fine wine world. Its five century long legacy began on the landmark of the ‘Mothe de Margaux,’ a small gravel outcrop in an otherwise flat region. The well-drained soils became the perfect place for vines to flourish, allowing Château Margaux to establish its first-class reputation.

It has been owned by the Mentzelopoulos family since 1977 and has seen a wealth of Bordeaux experience pass through its cellars. Consultant Oenologist Emile Peynaud advised in the 1970s and in 1983 Paul Pontallier was hired as winemaker where he stayed until his sad passing in 2015. Prominent architect Sir Norman Foster designed the underground cellar and tasting rooms, research centre and wine production facility.

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