2018 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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JS 95 JD 95 WE 95 JL 94 WA 93 WS 93 DC 92
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, January 2021

Blackberry, plum, light earth and undergrowth on the nose. Citrus, too. It’s full-bodied with rich, chewy tannins that turn energetic, fine and tight on the finish. Lively acidity. Second wine of Margaux. A blend of 69%...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

This cuvée has been in the running for the best second wine in the vintage for a number of years now, and I think it just might be there in 2018. The 2018 Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge checks in as 69% Cabernet...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

This second wine of Château Margaux, grand in its own right, is powerfully dense. It displays its own style and balance between rich black fruits and the acidity that shines through the structure. The wine will age well...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2021

Elegant, refined and aromatic with easy to find notes of flowers, smoked herbs, cigar box and ripe, red fruits. Medium-bodied, soft, fresh and silky, everything feels incredibly balanced on your palate. This is going to...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

The 2018 Pavillon Rouge is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, with 14.5% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with vivacious scents of...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, January 2021

A singed alder note frames a core of gently steeped plum and black currant flavors while smoldering tobacco, bay and warm earth hints fill in through the finish. Caressing in feel and seductive through the sneaky long...
DC 92

Decanter, April 2019

Richly coloured, almost inky, this is seductive and full of flavour with raspberry and brambled fruits that have texture and density. For me, this is far more similar to the 2009 than the 2010. It's an enjoyable Pavillon...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2018
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 14.5%
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 2018 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge is a remarkable Bordeaux blend that embodies the elegance and complexity of the Margaux appellation in Bordeaux, France. With its deep garnet-purple color, this wine exudes a sense of richness and allure.

On the nose, the Pavillon Rouge offers an enticing bouquet of raspberry and brambled fruits, accompanied by delicate hints of violet petals and iodine. These aromas are well-defined and high-toned, showcasing the wine's exceptional quality.

The palate of this wine is beautifully balanced, with silky-smooth tannins and a taut line of acidity that keeps everything in perfect harmony. The flavors of red cherry, pomegranate, and blackcurrant pastilles dominate the core, while earthy and savory accents add depth and complexity. The finish is long and lifted, with a touch of herbal freshness that leaves a lasting impression.

Critics have praised the 2018 Pavillon Rouge for its outstanding potential. Neal Martin of Vinous awarded it a score of 92-94 points, noting the wine's nascent energy and the enlivening seam of black pepper on the finish. Lisa Perrotti-Brown of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also commended the wine, giving it a score of 93 points and highlighting its approachability now, but also its potential to age gracefully over the next 15 to 18 years or more.

The second wine of Chateau Margaux, the Pavillon Rouge is grand in its own right. It displays a powerful density and a perfect balance between rich black fruits and the acidity that shines through the structure. This wine is expected to soften and develop further with aging, making it an excellent choice for those looking to cellar their wines.

Overall, the 2018 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge is a captivating wine that showcases the finesse and complexity of the Margaux terroir. With its exceptional reviews and great aging potential, it is a wine that promises to deliver a truly memorable drinking experience.