Chateau Margaux   Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux

2013 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux

By Chateau Margaux

2013 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux

The 2013 vintage in Bordeaux posed a myriad of challenges for the vignerons, with a cool and wet start to the season followed by a difficult summer. In many respects, it was a year that tested the mettle of the Chateau Margaux team. Yet, under such scrutiny, the 2013 Pavillon Rouge from Chateau Margaux displays the estate's unwavering commitment to finesse and quality in even the most trying conditions.


A Testament to Tenacity and Craft

Nestled within the revered appellations of Bordeaux, Chateau Margaux is synonymous with wines of exquisite composition. The 2013 vintage of their Pavillon Rouge reflects a remarkable resilience. It’s an assemblage rigorously selected to present only the most harmonious expression of the year's harvest.

The wine is an intellectual conundrum, almost paradoxical in its profile. Despite the climatic hurdles, there is a measured concentration of fruit and a commendable depth that carries whispers of red berries amidst a tapestry woven from tight tannins. It flows into a poised finish that demonstrates both grace and a subtle persistence unique to this challenging vintage.


Investment Merits of an Austere Year

For fine wine investors seeking to diversify their portfolios with bottles that tell the story of endurance and adroitness, the 2013 Pavillon Rouge from Chateau Margaux holds eminent appeal. Its creation, under exacting circumstances, serves as a testament to the pedigree that comes from one of Bordeaux's most illustrious estates.

Though perhaps shadowed by its more illustrious siblings of riper years, this Pavillon Rouge is a masterclass in balance and restraint—a reminder that complexity need not always stem from opulence but can emerge equally from refinement during adversity.

In summary, while the 2013 vintage in Bordeaux does not shout with the bombast of hotter years, it hums a complex melody of understated elegance. The 2013 Pavillon Rouge from Chateau Margaux suits the collector intrigued by nuance over noise and diligence over exuberance—a true showcase of winemaking adaptability and poise amidst Nature's challenges.

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The 2013 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux, which was the smallest production ever at 50,000 bottles, has a breezy, red cherry and strawberry-scented bouquet that is simple but attractive. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly stringy tannin, moderate acidity, with a little chewiness on the finish. Drink over the next 4-6 years.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 October 2016

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