Margaux Pavillon Rouge by Chateau Margaux 2005 (Half btl): Since the 17th Century, the first wine of Château Margaux has been recognised as being one of the greatest wines in the entire world. The production of a second wine probably goes back to the beginning of the XVII century because it is inseparable from the search for excellence which started at that time. Sold under the name of “Château Margaux 2nd wine”, it took its permanent name of Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux in 1908. After an eclipse between the thirties and the midseventies, its production restarted on the arrival of André Mentzelopoulos in 1977 and at first greatly increased in order to improve the quality of the first wine. From the mid – 1990s, the creation of a third wine in its turn, allowed for a more and more rigorous selection for Pavillon Rouge. For a few years now, a third of the harvest has gone into the first wine, barely 30% into the Pavillon Rouge, and the remainder is divided between the third and fourth wines. The quality of Pavillon Rouge has become very close to that of the first wine because all the plots involved contributed to the blending of Château Margaux not so long ago. Of course there isn’t the same complexity, the same depth, the same “magic” but the flavours are close and the balance in the mouth leads to the same subtle senses of power and softness. In general it is ready to drink a little earlier whilst retaining an excellent potential to age largely beyond 30 or 40 years.
Tasting notes: The balance and harmony in this powerful Second Wine is immediately reminiscent of the sensational Grand Vin. The creamy black cherry and blackcurrant fruit is as smooth as velvet and extremely mouthfilling. The much greater percentage of Merlot (48%) this year gives it far more opulence than usual, while the Cabernet Sauvignon (48%) provides the incredible concentration, tannic structure and sheer class. This tastes more like a Second Growth than a Second Wine. Alc 13.5 Grapes: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
Note: 2005 is a legendary vintage from top to bottom in all appellation! Average points: 100. It is among the best ever made vintages. An icon captured in bottle. More in wine beyond
Margaux Pavillon Rouge by Chateau Margaux 2005 Half-Bottle
TYPE Still GRAPE
48% Cabernet Sauvignon,
4% Petit Verdot
STYLE Red ABV 13.5% SIZE 375ml COUNTRY France
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