2013 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc

Bordeaux Blanc - 1.5L
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REVIEWS

JS 95 VN 95 WE 93 WA 92
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, February 2016

This has loads of dried lemon, aniseed and fennel seeds aromas and flavors. Lemon zest as well. Full body and dry with bright acidity and fruit. Very intense. Powerful finish. Drink now.
VN 95

Vinous, April 2014

(93-95 points) Lemon, grapefruit, mint, crushed rocks and slate wrap around the palate in the 2013 Pavillon Blanc, a wine that deftly balances bright, focused aromatics with gorgeous textural finesse, all supported by...
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, March 2016

This fresh, crisp wine hovers attractively between crisp, herbal Sauvignon and riper yellow fruits. Touches of wood adds richness to this already-drinkable wine. Drink now or better, from 2017. ROGER VOSS
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014

Already in bottle, the 2013 Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux (100% Sauvignon Blanc) reveals stunning notes of honeyed grapefruit, lemon zest and a hint of tropical fruit in a medium-bodied, crisp, fresh, lively style...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type White
Varietal Bordeaux Blanc
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2013
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 2013 Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux is a Bordeaux Blanc from the renowned Chateau Margaux in the Bordeaux region of France. This white wine, made entirely from Sauvignon Blanc grapes, is known for its vibrant and fresh character. It has a 14.0% alcohol content and is sealed with a traditional cork closure.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate rated this wine with a score of 92, noting its "stunning notes of honeyed grapefruit, lemon zest, and a hint of tropical fruit." Reviewer Robert M. Parker, Jr. highlighted its "medium-bodied, crisp, fresh, lively style" and praised the wine’s "terrific acidity, purity and personality." Parker also mentioned that although the wine is fermented and aged in wood, the oak is not overpowering. He suggests that this wine can be enjoyed over the next decade or more.

James Suckling gave this wine an impressive score of 95, describing it as having "loads of dried lemon, aniseed and fennel seeds aromas and flavors" with "lemon zest as well." He emphasized its "full body and dry with bright acidity and fruit" and noted its "very intense" and "powerful finish." Suckling’s review indicates that this wine is ready to drink now.

Vinous reviewer Antonio Galloni also awarded the 2013 Pavillon Blanc a score of 95. Galloni found the wine to balance "bright, focused aromatics with gorgeous textural finesse," supported by "beams of intense, vibrant salinity." He described it as a "drop-dead gorgeous white with tons of potential" and mentioned that only 40% of the crop made it into the bottle.

Wine Enthusiast’s Roger Voss rated this wine with a 93, appreciating its "fresh, crisp" nature and its balance between "crisp, herbal Sauvignon and riper yellow fruits." Voss noted that "touches of wood add richness" and suggested that while it is already drinkable, it might be better enjoyed from 2017 onwards.

Overall, the 2013 Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux is highly praised across the board for its fresh, vibrant flavors, balanced acidity, and potential for aging. Its combination of citrus, herbal, and mineral notes makes it a standout example of a Bordeaux Blanc.