2010 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux
By Chateau Margaux
2010 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux from Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux
The 2010 vintage in Bordeaux commands esteem for its exceptional quality and exquisite architecture of balance, with the Second Wine of esteemed Chateau Margaux, the 2010 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux, being no exception. A vintage that speaks prominently of its temporal signature, this iteration of Pavillon Rouge stewards the characteristic precision and elegance intrinsic to the wines born of this illustrious estate.
Eloquence in Evolution: A Decade On
A decade since its harvest, the 2010 Pavillon Rouge showcases a maturity that has beautifully evolved under the careful ministrations of time. The blend maintains its vibrant pedigree with a structured poise while articulating a newfound complexity. One can appreciate how the intervening years have coaxed out secondary nuances without compromising the wine's intrinsic vitality.
Lush Vintage, Prudent Investment
The conditions that peppered the 2010 growing season in Margaux – a judicious alignment of daylight and dusk accompanied by serendipitous meteorological rhythms – are echoed in every careful swirl of this wine. Its bouquet exudes notes of dark cherries and cassis, drawn together by an earthy undertone and seasoned with a fine sprinkle of spice. On the palate, one is greeted with an assured structure enlivening the wine's plush berry profile complemented by graceful tannins that whisper promises of further potential yet to unfurl.
Sagacious investors recognise in wines such as the 2010 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux not only the artistry of its creation but also a tangible asset appreciating with each revolving season. Its harmonious blend, rooted deeply in terroir yet cosmic in its reach towards vinous perfection, positions this second wine from Chateau Margaux appealingly for those looking to articulate their collection with jade-edged Bordeaux illustriousness.
As one contemplates the discrete character of this particular Pavillon Rouge, it is essential to appreciate the narrative that only such a distinctively poised vintage can recount. This is a vintage marked by both Mother Nature's generosity and Chateau Margaux's unwavering dedication to excellence. The convergence of these facets heralds a singularly investable wine that represents both heritage and promise — an oeuvre in liquid form that secures its own chapter in the ledgers of Bordeaux magnificence.
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Scores and tasting notes
This the greatest Pavillon Rouge ever made. Aromas of flowers, smoke, currants and raspberries follow through to a full body, with super silky tannins and a long, long finish. This is balanced and refined with wonderful depth. Hard to believe it's a second wine. Better after 2018.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, November 14th 2013
Bottled in June 2012, the Pavillon Rouge represents 38% of the total production. A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, it has a fragrant bouquet of black cherries, briary and crushed stone that is delicate and precise. I expect the aromatics to open up with bottle age. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, gliding across the palate on its super-fine tannins. It is exquisitely balanced, very pure with one of the most elegant finishes that I have encountered on a Pavillon at this stage. Wonderful. Coming back, there is a cheeky hint of black olive tapenade on the aftertaste. Tasted November 2012.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2013
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux offers up scents of blackcurrant cordial, wild thyme and fertile loam with hints of cedar chest, pencil lead and tar. Medium-bodied, the palate is just a tad lean with chewy tannins and bold freshness, finishing on an herbal note.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 5 March 2020