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Pavillon Blanc Bottle 2010

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"...The 2010 Pavillon Rouge (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot) hit 14% natural alcohol. *Paul Pontallier proclaimed it the best they have ever made*, representing only 38% of production. (This wine also undergoes a serious selection.) Plenty of black fruits, violets, forest floor and earth are present in this wonderfully textured, opulent wine, which will provide immediate gratification when it is released. It should drink nicely for up to 15 or more years."*Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (90-92 points)**We will notify you on arrival Summer 2013*

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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
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External Reviews for Pavillon Blanc Bottle

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/21/2014

Margaux - A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot the wine is defined in part because of the effective low yields. Only 38% of the harvest was included in the Grand Vin. The rest of the harvest was divided as follows. An equal portion of 38% went into Pavillon Rouge. The remaining wine was divided between their third and the new fourth wine. 210 marks what could be the lowest production ever recorded in Chateau Margaux. . Deep ruby on color with an enticing perfume filled with smoke cedar cassis violets oak tobacco spice and black raspberries. But that s not where the excitement is found. In the mouth pure elegance silk satin and velvet incredibly plush refined polished and long this intensely pure Cabernet Sauvignon based wine remains on your palate for at least 60 seconds. 2010 Chateau Margaux exemplifies precision purity balance and elegance with a seamless finish. Everything is in balance with perfect harmony. Je


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

A mouthwatering tobacco leaf note leads the way quickly followed by steeped black currant and fig fruit with dark tar and ganache on the back end. Roasted alder and juniper hints hang in the background. Extremely backward with a firm tannic structure this is girded for the long haul. Judging from the finely beaded acidity and lilting echo of lilac that peeks in now this should acquire sensational aromatics and incredible grace with age. Best from 2018 through 2040. -J.M. Wine Spectator.


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

90% cabernet sauvignon 7% merlot 1.5% cabernet franc and 1.5% petit verdot. Super perfumed aromas of crushed violet black cherry blackberry liquor and crushed rock flourish on the nose trailed by vanilla and kirsch. The palate exhibits more blackberry and cassis along with chocolate and exotic Asian spice. This shows amazing purity and elegance for a wine of such concentration and power and comes across as silky smooth thanks to the fine grained tannins. 13.5% alcohol. This is Margaux a


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

Margaux - A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot the wine is defined in part because of the effective low yields. Only 38% of the harvest was included in the Grand Vin. The rest of the harvest was divided as follows. An equal portion of 38% went into Pavillon Rouge. The remaining wine was divided between their third and the new fourth wine. 210 marks what could be the lowest production ever recorded in Chateau Margaux. . Deep ruby on color


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/18/2014

Amazingly dark purple. Very very strongly Cabernet Sauvignon (90% of the blend - only 2006 matched it) with some light vegetation at first which opened out and mellowed to something utterly seductive in the glass. Dry and intense. Very rich on the front and amazingly supple - it smells as though it may be going to be a bit of brute but on the palate it is still so intense and polished initially but then it is clear that there are masses and masses of tannins. There is noble fine perfectly con


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

66% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot and 4% petit verdot. A gorgeously perfumed nose of black cherry violets boysenberry espresso and chocolate. This is absolutely delicious showing brilliant texture integrated tannins and a super refined finish. This will be an age-worthy Pavillon but also a great choice to drink while the Grand Vin Margaux is fast asleep in your cellar. Absolutely delicious and the best Pavillon Rouge I have ever tasted. Alex Lallos.


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

Smoke cassis oak and violets this wine combines delicate textures with sweet soft berries black and red fruits and silky tannins make up this charming Margaux. Jeff Leve.


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"...The 2010 Pavillon Rouge (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot) hit 14% natural alcohol. *Paul Pontallier proclaimed it the best they have ever made*, representing only 38% of production. (This wine also undergoes a serious selection.) Plenty of black fruits, violets, forest floor and earth are present in this wonderfully textured, opulent wine, which will provide immediate gratification when it is released. It should drink nicely for up to 15 or more years."*Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (90-92 points)**We will notify you on arrival Summer 2013*

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