Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux (2nd wine of Ch Margaux) 2016

Margaux, Second wine

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Pavillon Rouge de Château Margaux, bottled at the end of June, has a clean, precise bouquet of blackberry, bilberry, notes of violet and a hint of orange pith. It gains intensity in the glass with every swirl. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin and a fine bead of acidity, and it feels linear and compact the moment. Quite saline in the mouth, with a touch of brine toward a finish that is almost broody in style. Very fine, though it might need four to five years to reach its drinking window.

Score: 92

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2022-2036 01 January 2019

The 2016 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux contains the highest proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon ever at 84%, with 13% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, representing 26% of the total harvest. Matured in 50-60% new oak, it has a very pure redcurrant and cranberry scented bouquet with a touch of graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin on the entry, thanks to the high percentage of Cabernet, and it is saline in the mouth with a pinch of white pepper towards the finish. It will need three or four years in bottle.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2021-2038 28 April 2017

Margaux's 2016 Pavillon Rouge is a gorgeous, precise wine that will offer plenty of drinking pleasure right out of the gate. Bright red cherry fruit, sweet tobacco and dried herbs are all laced together in this finely-knit, inviting wine. Hints of blood orange and mint add an attractive upper register. In 2016, Pavillon Rouge stands out for its persistence and impeccable balance.

Score: 92

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2021-2036 01 January 2019

The 2016 Pavillon Rouge is a gorgeous second wine, and one of the best recent vintages I have tasted. There is remarkable purity and precision to the flavors, while all the elements are in perfect balance for a wine at this level. Red-toned fruits, sweet floral notes and silky tannins infuse this expressive, flat-out delicious wine. The 84% Cabernet Sauvignon is the highest ever here. Quite simply, the 2016 is a superb Pavillon Rouge. Tasted two times.

Score: 90 - 93

Antonio Galloni, 01 April 2017

84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, representing just 26% of the production (with 26% sold off and 20% reserved for the third wine). Immediately appealing direct nose with floral notes. Clean with ripe transparent blackcurrant. Very lively with juicy fruit from start to finish and plenty of charm and concentration.

Score: 92 - 94

Albany Vintners 19 April 2017

Very strict selection (only 28% went into their grand vin cf 35% in 2015). 26% went into Pavillon, 20% into the third wine, and 20% sold off in bulk. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Quite bright cherry red rather than deep crimson. Great quality sandy tannins. Really zesty. But light and very aérien. Really lifted. (16.5++)

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2022-2032 17 April 2017

Very concentrated and tannic Pavillon Rouge. Muscular. Full body and lots of intense fruit. Four-square.

Score: 94 - 95

James Suckling, 24 March 2017