2006 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux
By Chateau Margaux
2006 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux from Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux
The regal 2006 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux announces itself with an aura of sophistication that evokes the reverence associated with its lineage. This offering from esteemed Chateau Margaux encapsulates the vintage's unique narrative, one of overcoming climatic challenges to sculpt a wine of both character and harmony.
The Serenade of the 2006 Vintage
In the glass, this claret belies the turbulent conditions of 2006, unravelling layers of complexity accrued under Bordeaux's fickle skies. That year's whimsical spring and a blistering summer culminated in an eleventh-hour reprieve; September's tempered warmth bestowed upon the furtive fruit an opportune ripeness. The harvest yielded grapes demonstrative of Margaux's resilient terroir and the 2006 Pavillon Rouge stands as testament to the skilful ministrations of its vintners.
An Ensemble of Elegance and Structure
Ripened cabernet sauvignon leads the blend, embraced by merlot's plump charms and petit verdot's tannic grip. Resonant on the palate, it unfurls a tapestry where opulent berry notes commingle with whispers of cedar and inklings of floral finesse. A wistful acidity underpins the composition, bequeathing longevity; herein lies a key tenet for investors seeking wines with enduring potential.
The voyage through this red's olfactory garden lingered long—a savoury sojourn amidst terrain sowed with tobacco leaf, anise, and hints of truffle. The 2006 Pavillon Rouge is at a felicitous nexus: it retains a youthful vigour while starting to unfurl the scroll of secondary complexities that will define its maturity.
In weaving together the essence of its vintage and terroir, this investment-grade wine presents an articulate commentary on the stewardship at Chateau Margaux. It encapsulates not just a snapshot of climatic adversity triumphed but also heralds a cornerstone addition to any fine wine portfolio.
A Conductor's Baton
As I reflect on this selection for our cultured collectors at Cult Wines, it bears mentioning that like a symphony coming into its crescendo, the 2006 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux has begun to articulate its fullest expression. It moves with grace and authority, positioning itself in unison with those vintages that presage delight to both the palate and the wise investor. One uncorks not just a bottle but a chapter in vinicultural lore—a tale steeped in Bordelaise virtuosity.
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Scores and tasting notes
The light, fresh, sensual, round 2006 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux exhibits moderate levels of dark cherry and red currant fruit accompanied by background herb and spice characteristics. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 24 February 2009