2001 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux
By Chateau Margaux
2001 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux from Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux
In the firmament of fine Bordeaux, the 2001 Pavillon Rouge from Chateau Margaux glimmers resplendently. This vintage from the heralded left bank estate undeniably encapsulates a tapestry of the terroir's ebullience meeting adept winemaking in a year that was rather underestimated in its youth but has gracefully burgeoned into a paragon of poise.
Distinct Vintage, Distinguished Experience
The 2001 vintage emerged from a year that was marked by a wet winter and spring, followed by a dry and warm summer. The temperate September afforded the Cabernet Sauvignon predominant blend the baize of perfect ripeness, without being subjected to excessive heat that can eclipse the nuanced intricacy of Margaux's dusting of finesse.
The essence captured in a glass of 2001 Pavillon Rouge is akin to an autumnal stroll through the estates' illustrious gardens. Aromas of ripe blackcurrant coalesce with a whisper of truffle and tobacco, whilst polished tannins and an enduring finish substantiate its entrance into exemplary maturity. The crescendo of its presence resounds with elegance over power, showcasing a balanced act between structure and suppleness which is quintessentially Margaux.
A Wise Investment Gilded by Time
For astute wine investors, the 2001 Pavillon Rouge holds a place as one of those serendipitous offerings that have exceeded initial expectations. Its evolution is demonstrative of how age can sculpt the innate potential of Bordeaux's second wines into treasures that rival their primogenitors. This adroitly ripened vintage speaks volumes for setting alongside other collectable investments in your portfolio.
Amidst the perennial allure of Chateau Margaux’s acclaimed creations, this 2001 Pavillon Rouge encapsulates a chapter where harmony reigns supreme. It summarily departs from any reputational shadows cast by its premier vin siblings, standing independently as a testament to a year that quietly but confidently has come into its own stunning clarity.
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Scores and tasting notes
Tasted at Bordeaux Index Chateau Margaux dinner at The Square. A deep garnet hue. The nose is reticent at first but unfurls nicely with sappy, red-berried fruit, bilberry, a touch of spice and more violet aromas than before. The palate is medium-bodied, smooth and seductive on the entry, a real harlot of a Margaux! Lithe and focused, cranberry and raspberry with a touch of piquancy towards the finish. Quite tannic, more than I anticipated but a stupendously fine Second Wine. Drink 2011-2020. Tasted October 2008.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2009
Excellent balance along with copious quantities of sweet black cherry and cassis fruit are found in the 2001 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux. Light to medium-bodied, with a style similar to its bigger sister, but neither the concentration nor length, it should be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004