2009 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc

Bordeaux Blanc - 1.5L
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WS 94
WS 94

Wine Spectator, March 2012

This really sneaks up on you with laserlike focus to the blanched macadamia nut honeysuckle white peach and creamed yellow apple fruit flavors. Very sleek and restrained with a long stone-framed finish that's as pure as...


Color & Type White
Varietal Bordeaux Blanc
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2009
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Chateau Margaux is a famous wine estate in the Medoc region, which along with Lafite, Latour and Haut Brion, was rated a First Growth in the original 1855 Bordeaux Classification. It covers 262 hectares, of which 82 hectares are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, and 12 hectares to Sauvignon Blanc.

In the 12th century, the property was called “La Mothe de Margaux” (the Margaux mound) and by the 16th century, wine was being produced at the estate. In 1705, the London Gazette advertised the first auction of 230 barrels of “Margose” and the 1771 vintage was the first “claret” to appear in a Christie’s catalogue. Indeed one of America’s Founding Fathers and vintner in his own right, Thomas Jefferson, visited this great estate in the late 18th century and declared it to be a vineyard of “first quality”. When Bertrand Douat, Marquis de la Colonilla, acquired the estate, he built the chateau that is often nicknamed the “Versailles of the Medoc”, a rare example of the neo-palladian style in France.

Andre Mentzelopoulos purchased the property in 1977, investing heavily in the estate and a program of improvements. Since his death in 1980, the property has been run by his daughter Corinne who continued his work in restoring the chateau to its former glory.

The 2009 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc is a truly exceptional white wine that showcases the best of Bordeaux Blanc. Produced by the esteemed Chateau Margaux in the Margaux sub-region of Bordeaux, France, this wine is a testament to the mastery and expertise of its producers.

With a beautiful pale golden color, this wine immediately captivates the eye. The nose is equally enchanting, offering an enticing bouquet of blanched macadamia nut, honeysuckle, and white peach. As the wine opens up, delicate notes of creamed yellow apple emerge, adding complexity and depth to the aromatic profile.

On the palate, the 2009 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc reveals its true brilliance. It possesses a laser-like focus that is both precise and captivating. The flavors of blanched macadamia nut, honeysuckle, and white peach are beautifully integrated and harmonious, creating a symphony of taste. The wine displays a sleek and restrained character, showcasing its elegance and finesse.

The finish is nothing short of spectacular. Framed by a touch of minerality, it lingers on the palate with remarkable purity, reminiscent of freshly fallen snow. This wine has a remarkable aging potential and is best enjoyed from 2013 through 2023, allowing its flavors to evolve and mature over time.

The 2009 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc has received critical acclaim, with Wine Spectator awarding it an impressive score of 94 points. This accolade further solidifies its status as a truly exceptional wine.

In conclusion, the 2009 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc is a white wine that exudes elegance, finesse, and complexity. With its masterful balance of flavors and remarkable aging potential, it is a wine that will undoubtedly impress even the most discerning of palates.