I love Margaux; this is my second time with Pavillon and again it doesn't bear quite as much resemblance to the maitre as you might hope. Dark fruited and cedary to start, showing a powdery geranium nose with mineral undertones with a couple of hours in the decanter. Just not quite as much depth as you'd hope. From 375.
Aerated for 2 hours, then decanted and consumed over another hour. Deep crimson color. Nose of black currants, graphite and leather. Medium body, silky tannins and good acidity. A little hollow towards midpalate but with a nice steely cut to it. Finishes long with notes of Margaux floral spice. Probably at its plateau now but certainly no rush to drink. Excellent.
One of the better bottles of this wine. Decanted, aerated for two hours and drank over another two hours. Deep crimson color, bricking at the rim, massive nose reflecting the terroir and vintage including leather, earth, cassis, blackcurrants fully reflected on the palate. Excellent balance and secondary elements emerging. Full bodied, this is as brawny as a Margaux will get, very good structure, decent complexity and acidity to the wine, good finish with tannins still unresolved, ending on a note of bitter coffee, leather and blackcurrants. My kind of wine. Two more bottles.
Consistent with previous bottles. Crimson color with slight hints of bricking. On the nose earth, tobacco, cherry and black currants dominating. On the palate strawberries, currants, sweet tobacco and earth, excellent balance, acidity, slight hole mid palate and a decent finish.
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(Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux Margaux) This wine is losing a little intensity at the rim, especially when compared to the 2000 poured alongside. Deep and maturing at the core. The nose also shows good maturity, with a lovely, forward, open, stylish character rich in notes of iron, blood, iodine and quintessentially perfumed, gravelly minerals. Quite creamy on entry, obviously fine, showing lovely maturity, although still with some peppery tannins. Iron and mineral streaked flavours supported by good acidity. Ultimately it does not have the concentration of a first growth through the midpalate, but this is the second wine. And the quality is very good. Approachable, but will be better in five years and more.
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