2010 Pavillon Blanc, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067168 95-96 points James Suckling

 Dense and rich with dried lemons, mangos, papaya and apples yet it’s super bright and crisp. It’s all there. Best ever white from Margaux?  (4/ 2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 A fine combination of wood and ripe, tropical fruits lead to a crisp, fruity more herbaceous core. There is a great balance between this richness and citrus herbaceousness. It will certainly age several years.  (3/ 2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe but focused, with heather, salted butter, macadamia nut, white peach and Jonagold apple notes. This has weight and definition, kept honest by a hint of tarragon on the finish. Very long and pure, showing a youthful vibrancy and a precision that should carry this in the cellar longer than you might expect. Drink now through 2020.  (3/ 2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Subtle hints of pineapple, Thai lemongrass, orange blossoms and crushed rock jump from the glass of this medium bodied wine made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Very rich and loaded with intensity, this is a beauty from the owners of Chateau Margaux. Drink it over the next 15+ years.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

100% Sauvignon Blanc, as usual. Only 13.8% ABV.

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/11/2013  | Send Email
Zesty lime and lemon. Very precise and balanced. So fine.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/11/2013  | Send Email
Oak spice, lush and ripe, with citrus fruit and lemon zest. Bright, clean mineral finish.

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Varietal:

Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Margaux

- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.