Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux
Classification: Second Wine of Château Margaux
Pavillon Rouge de Château Margaux is the Second Wine of Château Margaux and was first made in 1908. Château Margaux is the Médoc's only First Growth outside of Pauillac. The history of Château Margaux stretches back to the 12th Century when it was known as La Mothe de Margaux. La Mothe comes from the French word motte, meaning a small rise in the land. The château was once the residence of Edward III, King of England, and was one of the most stately fortified châteaux in Guyenne. The château that we see today was built by the Marquis of La Colonilla when he acquired the estate in 1804.
The wines of Château Margaux have been famous for centuries - in 1705, the London Gazette offered the first sale of great Bordeaux wines: 230 barrels of 'Margoose'! The 1771 vintage was the first claret to appear in a Christie's catalogue. The English Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole bought 4 casks of Margaux every 3 months and Thomas Jefferson, the President of the United States wrote, 'there cannot be a better bottle of Bordeaux'.
Château Margaux was purchased by Laura and Andre Mentzelopoulos in 1977 and Andre was affectionately known as “the Greek in the Médoc”. The Mentzelopoulos family invested heavily in the château and Emile Peynaud was retained as a consultant to oversee the vinification of the wine. The second wine Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux was first made in 1908 and was reintroduced in 1978. The third wine Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux has been made since the 19th century and was sold as 'vin blanc de sauvignon'. The château is now run by Andre's daughter Corinne.
Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux comes from a selection of grapes harvested from young vines and the quality of the vintages of Pavillon Rouge is naturally linked to those of the Grand Vin. It now represents 50% of the overall estate production. Its vinification is the same and it, too, is aged in new oak barrels. Pavillon Rouge is bottled 3 to 4 months earlier than Château Margaux and matures faster than Château Margaux itself . The vineyards lie on gravel over a subsoil of clay known as Calcaire de Plassac and the grapes grown are 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux is full bodied, supple and velvety. The wine is powerful and concentrated yet well balanced. The flavours are of blackcurrant and cherry with a long finish and a creamy mouth feel. It's an opulent wine and resembles Second Growth status.
Owner: Corinne Mentzelopoulos
Château Website: www.chateau-margaux.com
Oenologist: J Boissenot