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Surprisingly enough, the slow and late ripening of all the grapes didn't hurt any of them. Two or three Merlot plots, as usual, were slightly affected, but this time, by the dilution in the berries; they are seldom up to the highest standards. While our obsession with quality led us to leave out 17% of the overall crop (third wine, last presses), 47% went into the Pavillon Rouge. It has a lovely balance and is much more homogeneous than originally thought. The Merlot, with a yield lower than that of the Cabernet, makes up 26%, and brings power, flesh and volume. The Cabernet Sauvignon which adds finesse, subtlety, represents 68%. As for the 5% of Petit Verdot, it probably plays a part with its characteristic aromas and tannic vigour. With 1%, the role of the Cabernet Franc is obviously not easy to gauge. The Pavillon Rouge 2008 is an excellent vintage, with the same power and finesse, but perhaps more lively and subtle than the 2006. All said, the Cabernet plays a leading role in the quality of the Pavillon Rouge, just like it does in the first wine.
Showing a lovely dark and intense color with a fruity and aromatic nose that smells of cherry and vanilla, this wine is delicious on the palate where it mixes vibrant fruit with suavity and a good body. Its silky texture is assorted with distinguished aromas. It is really difficult not to swallow this Pavillon Rouge.
2008 Pavillon Rouge: The 2008 Pavillon Rouge didn’t show quite as well as I had hoped, but is still an elegant, berry-scented, spicy, soft Pavillon Rouge with good depth, sweet tannins, and an attractive finish.
The second wine of Margaux, accounting for 47% of the crop, this is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. This is less Merlot than usual. The nose has attractive, smoky, gravelly, gently perfumed fruit. Pure and cool in character, with a firm midpalate structure. There is a slightly biting character to the tannins, giving an austere and dry structure. It gently builds in style on the palate, and will need time to show its best.
The second wine of Château Margaux first appeared in the 19th century and took on its present name, Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux, in 1908. After vanishing from the scene between the 1930s and the 1970s, its production was started up again as soon as André Mentzelopoulos took over the estate in 1977, and has continued to grow in order to improve the quality of the first wine. For the last few years, a third wine has in turn appeared to enhance the quality of Pavillon Rouge. It is made from wines which were not selected at the blending to go into Château Margaux.
Owner: Corinne Mentzelopoulos
Administrator: Paul Pontallier
Manager: Philippe Bascaules
Cellar master: Philippe Berrier
Vineyard manager: Julien Boiteau
Oenologist: Jacques Boissenot
Blend of the 2008 vintage: 1% Cabernet Franc, 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Ageing: 50% in new barrels during 18 month/s
Soil: Gravels on a subsoil of limestone and clay
Area: 80 hectares
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