Pavillion Rouge 2004

90-93 points

Margaux, Bordeaux, France. 13%

2nd wine of Chateau Margaux.

Wow.  I really wasn’t expecting this.  Such virtuosity.  This has real breed, good concentration but with real finesse.  It’s so poised and restrained with pitch perfect tannins on the finish.

It’s sort of showy, in a non-showy way if you know what I mean – one can’t help thinking about the quality of the production when tasting it.

I really have to change my perception of ‘2nd wines’.  The only problem with this is the price.  It’s now 3 times as expensive as well performing classed growths like 2004 Ferriere or Du Tertre.  It wasn’t this price when first released.

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2 thoughts on “Pavillion Rouge 2004

  1. August 2010 – 90 points

    This really is a little show pony of a wine, with such deft sweet oak handling – though by New World standards this isn’t showy at all, the oak is restrained and it is a savoury wine. It seems rather Merlot oriented, softer than many of the grand vins of its lesser Margaux neighbours in 2004. A wine for drinking and enjoying now and for the next 5-10 years. Very nice wine, though not worth the price that it now retails for.

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