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Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux -2nd Wine Chate 1990

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This is not an in stock item but a brokered wine that will be delivered in 6-8 weeks. Call us with any questions though and we will answer them for you. 914-834-2134. This product is only sold by the case. 12x750ml

Château Margaux:
Château Margaux was one of the first four estates to be named a First Growth (Premier or 1er Cru Classé) in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855, and continues to be one of the most prestigious wines in all of France. The estate, then known as “La Mothe de Margaux,” was founded in the early 12th century on the left bank of the Garonne estuary in the Médoc. In 11... Read more
Château Margaux was one of the first four estates to be named a First Growth (Premier or 1er Cru Classé) in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855, and continues to be one of the most prestigious wines in all of France. The estate, then known as “La Mothe de Margaux,” was founded in the early 12th century on the left bank of the Garonne estuary in the Médoc. In 1152, Eleanor of Aquitaine married Henry Plantagenet, the future Henry II of England, which made Aquitaine (Bordeaux and environs) English property until the end of the 100 Years War in 1453. For over a couple of centuries, this ensured the sale and trade of Bordeaux wines, Margaux included, to the English market. The royal family and assorted English nobility became huge fans as a result. In the 1570s, Pierre de Lestonnac overhauled the estate and vineyards, clearing grain in favor of grapevines, and propelled the future success of the wines. By the beginning of the 18th century, there were some 265 hectares under vine, which is roughly what it still is today. This was also when the estate manager, only known as “Berlon,” established the practice of vinifying red and white grapes separately, as well as waiting till later in the day to pick grapes so they wouldn’t be covered in dew and rot as easily as they waited for production. The last part of the 18th century was a boom for Margaux. The 1771 vintage was the first Bordeaux to be sold at Christie’s. In 1787, Thomas Jefferson counted it among vineyards of the “first quality.” But not unlike other properties in this part of France, and despite its classification in 1855, Margaux suffered during the years of the Revolution, downy mildew and phylloxera. By 1893, it had regained its former glory with one of the most successful vintages of the 19th century. The estate went through a cycle of many owners over the next century. The 1970s were a particularly bad time under the Ginestets as much of the world was in a recession and three successive vintages - 1972, 1973 and 1974 - were deemed unsaleable (it was, incidentally, the Ginestets who had the bright idea to declare vintages only in “good” harvest years in the first place). Ownership was finally overturned to André Mentzelopoulos in 1977, who invested in the vineyards, reinstated the second wines of Pavillon Rouge and Pavillon Blanc, and renovated the estate. Even though he was only in control for a couple of years until his death in 1980, his tireless efforts paved the way for the great successes of the subsequent decades, starting in the early 1980s. 1982 in particular was the vintage when international investors really took note of both the Château Margaux and Pavillons, and when critics such as Robert Parker began promoting the “Bordeaux Futures” frenzy with Margaux as one of the top estates. This new tradition has persevered into present day as these wines continue to please palates, command huge auction returns and take coveted positions in cellars throughout the world.  Read less

Member Reviews for Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux -2nd Wine Chate

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Snooth User: Stan33
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4.00 5
02/05/2008

February 2007


Snooth User: Robert Parker
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5.00 5
07/16/2007

The 1990 Margaux continues to be the quintessential example of this chateau. In addition to being profoundly concentrated, its ethereal bouquet of sweet black fruits, cedar, spices, flowers, smoke, and vanilla is remarkably well-formed and intense. In the mouth, there is not a hard edge to this classic wine, which is super-concentrated, soft, silky-textured, and opulent. It displays an opaque ruby/purple color, a compelling bouquet, and exquisite layers of flavors that cascade over the palate without any notion of toughness or coarseness. The acidity is low, although sufficient enough to provide vibrancy and focus. This wine's significant tannin level is remarkably well-concealed by the wealth of fruit. Although still an infant in terms of development, this fabulous Margaux is already drinkable. There have been so many great vintages of Margaux under the Mentzelopoulos regime that it is almost inconceivable that the 1990 could outrank the 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, and 1995, but, in my opinion, it possesses an extra-special dimension. While it is approachable, it will last for 25-30 years. Last tasted 11/96


External Reviews for Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux -2nd Wine Chate

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Full ruby-red. Wonderfully perfumed nose combines redcurrant plum mocha minerals and rose petal. Plush fat and rich with great sweetness and class. This has utterly compelling mouthfilling richness. Finishes smooth and endless with great breadth. This wine showed fabulous potential from barrel but this is the first truly outstanding bottle I ve had. Drink 2005 through 2035. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/07/2011

I had this wine both in Seoul, Korea in February, and from my cellar in December, 2008, and it was remarkable how identical the wines smelled and tasted. It offers an extraordinary aromatic display of spring flowers, camphor, sweet red and black frui... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1990 Margaux, Chateau 375ml


External Review
08/13/2011

From the younger vines of mythic Chateau Margaux, made with the same traditional techniques of vinification and barrel ageing, but often bottled three or four months earlier than Château Margaux. Possessing a finer structure, it has the advantage of developing more quickly in bottle, therefore ready to drink sooner, though in the best vintages it has great ageing potential. Dominant Cabernet Sauvignon, fermentation in oak vats, ageing 18 to 24 months in new oak barrels and fined with egg white.Excellent weather conditions in1990 enabled practically all of Margaux's vineyards to reach an excellent level of ripeness, which contributed to the fine quality of the Pavillon Rouge, The 1990 Pavillon Rouge is very enjoyable to drink now; it is particularly subtle and soft. Darkly hued with a floral, elegant nose, like rose-petals edged with toffee. Full flavoured palate, with a creamy, fat texture. Plenty of structured spicy tannins. Decant delicately into a narrow decanter.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRated 100For me, the 1990 Margaux continues to be the quintessential example of this chateau. In addition to being profoundly concentrated, its ethereal bouquet of sweet black fruits, cedar, spices, flowers, smoke, and vanilla is remarkably well-formed and intense. In the mouth, there is not a hard edge to this classic wine, which is super-concentrated, soft, silky-textured, and opulent. It displays an opaque ruby/purple color, a compelling bouquet, and exquisite layers of flavors that cascade over the palate without any notion of toughness or coarseness. The acidity is low, although sufficient enough to provide vibrancy and focus. This wine's significant tannin level is remarkably well-concealed by the wealth of fruit. Although still an infant in terms of development, this fabulous Margaux is already drinkable. There have been so many great vintages of Margaux under the Mentzelopoulos regime that it is almost inconceivable that the 1990 could outrank the 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, and 1995, but, in my opinion, it possesses an extra-special dimension. While it is approachable, it will last for 25-30 years.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/15/2009

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1990 Margaux, Pavillon Rouge du Chateau 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Full-bodied yet racy and refined with blackberry and licorice character. Long. It keeps getting better and better. Hard not to drink now. In fact I would but it will age well for decades. 89/ 90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Drink now. -JS Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/12/2010

...continues to be the quintessential example of this chateau. In addition to being profoundly concentrated, its ethereal bouquet of sweet black fruits, cedar, spices, flowers, smoke, and vanilla is remarkably well-formed and intense. In the mouth, t... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1990 Margaux, Chateau 750ml


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