2016 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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REVIEWS

JS 95 TWI 95 JL 94 WE 94 JD 93 WA 93 WS 93 DC 92
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, February 2019

The blackcurrant and floral aromas with brick and hot stones are tantalizing. Flowers underneath it all. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins with beautiful ripeness that highlights the palate. Second wine of...
TWI 95

The Wine Independent, December 2022

With 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 3 % Petit Verdot, the 2016 Pavillon Rouge from Chateau Margaux is deep garnet in color, with a touch of purple. It needs a fair bit of swirling to reveal notes of crushed black...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2017

Ruby red in color, this is what Japan must smell like when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Followed by an array of sweet plum and earthy notes, this medium-bodied wine is elegant and sophisticated with sweet, fresh...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, May 2019

With its dense texture and high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, this is an impressively powerful second wine of Château Margaux. Acidity and dark blueberry flavors are concentrated, with layers of tannins...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, February 2019

The second wine of Château Margaux is the 2016 Pavillon Rouge, a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new barrels. It too is incredibly classic, elegant, and finesse-driven...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2018

93+ Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux (composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot) bursts forth with exuberant Morello cherries, black raspberries...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, March 2019

Very refined and focused, with fine-grained sandalwood and alder accents lining a core of stylish, gently mulled cherry and blackberry fruit flavors. A perfumed lilac note weaves around the fruit on the elegant finish...
DC 92

Decanter, October 2018

This has softened and deepened over the 18 months of ageing yet still has a touch of austerity and will take a few years to settle down. It's not as plump or generous as the 2015, but it's a beautiful wine that has...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2016
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 13.5%
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 2016 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux is a Bordeaux blend consisting of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. This second wine from the renowned Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux, France, exhibits a deep garnet-purple color and an alcohol content of 13.5%.

This vintage has garnered high praise from several professional reviewers. James Suckling awards it a score of 95, noting its "blackcurrant and floral aromas with brick and hot stones," describing it as having "firm and silky tannins with beautiful ripeness" and suggesting it would be best to try after 2024 (jamessuckling.com).

Wine Enthusiast gives it a score of 94, highlighting its "dense texture and high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon," which makes it an "impressively powerful second wine of Château Margaux." The reviewer emphasizes its concentrated acidity and dark blueberry flavors, coupled with tannins that demand aging, advising to drink it from 2023 (Wine Enthusiast).

Lisa Perrotti-Brown from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate rates it 93+, noting its "medium to deep garnet-purple color" and scents of "Morello cherries, black raspberries, and cassis," complemented by "menthol, dark chocolate, and garrigue." She describes the palate as "medium-bodied, very elegant, vivacious, and fresh with satiny tannins" (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate).

Jeb Dunnuck also scores it 93, calling it "incredibly classic, elegant, and finesse-driven," with "textbook Margaux aromatics of cassis, ripe cherries, and spring flower," emphasizing its "medium body, subtle background oak, and lively acidity" (jebdunnuck.com).

Decanter awards it a score of 92, describing it as having "softened and deepened" over 18 months of aging, yet still exhibiting some austerity. The review mentions "toasted almond and tarry notes" from the 60% new oak and calls it a "beautiful wine that has balance and effortless class" (Decanter).

Jeff Leve from The Wine Cellar Insider gives it a 94, painting a vivid picture of the wine's aroma as reminiscent of "Japan...when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom," and praising its "elegant and sophisticated" nature with "sweet, fresh red berries in the finish" (TheWineCellarInsider.com).

Wine Spectator scores it 93, mentioning "fine-grained sandalwood and alder accents" and a core of "stylish, gently mulled cherry and blackberry fruit flavors." The review highlights its "sneaky long" finish and suggests it is "approachable now" but also suitable for cellaring until 2035 (Wine Spectator).

Finally, The Wine Independent gives it a high score of 95, noting its "finely pixilated tannins and bold freshness," with a finish described as "long and mineral-laced" (The Wine Independent).

Overall, the 2016 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux is a highly regarded wine, praised for its elegance, balance, and aging potential.