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Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 2016 En Primeur

Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 2016 En Primeur

by Château Margaux 2016

Producer : Château Margaux

Region : Bordeaux (France), France (France)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"While this wine has high acidity, it also has intense tannins and concentrated black-cherry fruits. It is poised between a firm, concentrated structure and sophisticated fruitiness, suggesting the wine will age well over many years."

94-96 points - Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

"Very concentrated and tannic Pavillon Rouge. Muscular. Full body and lots of intense fruit. Four-square."

94-95 points - James Suckling, April 2017

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 96
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Château Margaux
Region Bordeaux (France), France (France)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $1, 494.00

The Producer

Château Margaux

Château Margaux, a First Growth property, has been owned by the Mentzelopoulos family since 1978. It has since consistently produced some of the finest wines in the Médoc. Château Margaux in its current form was built in the early 19th century, although viticulture had been practised on the estate for several centuries before. The property was restored to its rightful status in 1977 when it was bought by André Mentzenopoulos, Greek by birth and living in France since 1958 and had made a fortune in supermarket retailing. André immediately instigated much-needed investment in the vineyard and cellar. His untimely death in 1980 saw his daughter, Corinne, take up the reins. Corinne’s shrewdest move was the recruitment of talented young winemaker Paul Pontallier to oversee the production.

Paul would lead the estate for 33 vintages. He sadly passed away in 2016. Today, the estate is overseen by director Philippe Bascaules and technical director Sebastien Vergne, working with consultant Eric Boissenot.

The estate has 82 hectares under vine, with Cabernet Sauvignon inevitably dominant (75%) with 20% Merlot making up most of the rest, along with a smattering of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Unusually in Margaux, there is a white wine made here, Pavillon Blanc, from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, while the two red wines are, of course, Ch. Margaux itself and Pavillon Rouge. Typically, about 30,000 cases of red wine are made, with the Grand Vin usually accounting for just over 40% of the total. Production of the white wine amounts to less than 3,000 cases.

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