Showing the elegance and refinement of its first-growth namesake, this superb wine is soft and velvety with the classic Margaux fragrance and finesse.
Wine Spectator 94 points - Glorious aromas of freshly picked raspberries, with tiny hints of cream and minerals. Full-bodied, with superfine tannins and a long, long finish of berries and cherries. Super second wine from Margaux. Best Pavillon Rouge I have ever tasted. Best after 2010. 20,525 cases made. –JS (Mar 31 2003)
Wine Advocate 90 points - One of the finest examples I have tasted, the 2000 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux exhibits supple tannin along with big, sweet, luscious black currant flavors intermixed with hints of cedar, spice box, and vanilla. Plump and fleshy, with low acidity, it will offer delicious drinking now and over the next 10-15 years. Don't miss it. (Apr 2003)
This second wine of Château Margaux was introduced in 1908 and now represents 50% of the overall estate production. Generally selected from vats and barrels of a lesser caliber than the "Grand Vin," it is typically made from the younger vines.
|Wine maker notes
|Time-honored techniques still prevail here. Grapes are manually harvested and sorted. The wine is fermented in oak vats and aged in Tronçais oak barrels as for the first wine. In general, though, Pavillon Rouge is bottled three to four months earlier than Château Margaux.
|75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot
Proportions vary slightly according to the vintage.