2014 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux
By Chateau Margaux
2014 Pavillon Rouge from Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux
The prospect of appraising the 2014 Pavillon Rouge from Chateau Margaux is one that stirs a palpable anticipation amongst oenophiles. In the context of a vintage that delivered challenges, the grace with which the esteemed vintners at Chateau Margaux have executed their craft cannot be understated. It's an acknowledged phenomenon that monumental wines can emerge from under the guise of such conditions, and indeed 2014 bestowed upon us such treasures.
Vintage Precision in a Complex Tapestry
The 2014 Pavillon Rouge illustrates a balance that could only be conjured by the confluence of experience and a profound synergy with the land. The weather patterns of the year, marked by a humid start progressing into a benevolently warm August and September, have been masterfully translated into a tapestry of aromas and textures. The wine's maturity is on an exquisite cusp; elements of blackcurrant and delicate violet notes are beautifully integrated with an underpinning of refined tannins and judicious oak treatment.
An Exemplary Investment Wine of Character
Offering some semblance to the softer style evocative of their mid-1990s vintages, this 2014 presentation from Chateau Margaux is buttressed by a freshness that heralds exceptional cellaring potential. It embarks on an intriguing journey for sophisticated collectors—those attuning their portfolios towards wines that promise evolvement and intricacy over time.
While many chase the luminaries of more lauded years, the astute investor will recognise the appeal woven into the fabric of this particular vintage. Withstanding climatic trials to emerge as a wine of complex charm and substance, 2014 Pavillon Rouge bears the hallmarks of a prudent addition to any serious collection.
In essence, it is the indomitable spirit of Bordeaux encapsulated—a year where Chateau Margaux unfurled its prowess to overcome nature's fickleness. Allow your cellar to become home to this emblematic vintage; it is an honourable guardian to yet undisclosed depths that time shall reveal.
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Scores and tasting notes
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James Suckling - Jamesuckling.com (04/2015)
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Tim Atkin - TimAtkin.com (04/2015)
The 2014 Pavillon Rouge is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Bottled in July 2016, it remains quite rich and outgoing on the nose with copious red cherry, blackberry and spice-box aromas. With aeration it reveals a little more sous-bois, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with a tightly knit opening. Certainly this has lost the corpulence that it showed in barrel, lost that puppy fat. Now the linearity comes through, engendered by the cool nights during the growing season, and still delivers that mineral-rich finish. I still maintain that it will need three years in bottle just to soften the tannins.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 31 March 2017