2014 Pavillon Rouge, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. Unusually, this is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon, yet it is a highly perfumed wine, with fine grain tannins. Acidity and freshness are all around, and there are touches of forward wood notes. (RV)
Love the fruit and juicy character to this second wine of Margaux. Medium to full body, superfine tannins and a long finish. The freshness and savory finish are a big plus.
Gorgeous, with a velvety, caressing feel, as warm plum sauce and blackberry confiture notes glide over a thoroughly embedded graphite edge. Rather lush, but light tobacco, bay and iron hints keep this focused even as the fruit takes center stage. (JM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Pavillon Rouge de Margaux 2014 is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, which Paul Pontallier remarked is almost the same as the grand vin 20 years ago. The nose needs time to coalesce in the glass – a little disjointed at first, though it “finds its groove” and offers ripe blackberry and boysenberry fruits, perhaps richer than I was anticipating. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy, almost corpulent opening: a mixture of red and black fruit and a pinch of white pepper. There is good weight in the mouth, quite linear with a nicely controlled, quite mineral-rich finish. This is a very fine Pavillon Rouge ’14 that will probably need three or four years in bottle. (NM)
The 2014 Pavillon Rouge is soft, open-knit and quite gracious. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, mint, licorice and dried herbs all grace the palate in this exquisite, delicate wine. The 2014 can be cellared for at least a few years, but it is already quite expressive. (AG)
Mid crimson. Rather a muddy, indistinct nose. But the palate structure is wonderful. And there is no excess of acidity. Racy, sinewy, fresh but not tart. Paul Pontallier feels this Pavillon Rouge is the best since 2009 and 2010, because of selection. Very graceful indeed. Spreads right across the palate with lovely texture. But fairly early maturing. He admits that Pavillon Rouge 2014 is better than some of his vintages of Ch Margaux. Very appetising and really rather beautiful.