Château Margaux is one of the five 1er Cru Classé property and was the first claret to appear in a Christie’s catalogue with the 1771 vintage. Today Paul Pontallier oversees the production and decided to increase the use of Cabernet Sauvignon into the blend. The quality of their wines has been consistently excellent over the past three decades.
Their second wine has an unctuous nose of plum and black cherry aromas with notes of sandal wood, dry fruits and ginger. Fully matured it is harmonious and shows great complexity.
The second wine, the 2008 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux, represents 47% of the crop (keep in mind that 17% of the total crop was sold off in bulk), and is composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and the rest mostly Petit Verdot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc. It is a beautiful wine exhibiting classic purity along with red and black fruits intermixed with licorice, tobacco leaf, and floral nuances. Sweet, round tannins, and a lovely forward freshness suggest this stunning second wine should drink well young, yet last for 15+ years.- 91 pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate