Picked from August 28th to September 5th. The yield was a mere 22 hl/ha and only 1/3 of the crop was selected. This will bottled for the first time in dark glass and closed with DIAM corks. This is intensely perfumed on the nose with lime blossom, gooseberry and struck flint given a generous richness with notes of lemon curd and vanilla cream. The palate is rich on entry, with a concentrated and juicy core of ripe melon and pineapple, before a wave of crisp and zesty acidity turns the fruit to charred lemons and fresh apples. The hints of wood smoke and toast are subtle and add a pithy texture that pairs perfectly with the fruit profile and increacingly racy acidity. The finish is long, harmonious and vibrant.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
The 2017 Pavillon Blanc de Margaux was picked 28 to 31 August and cropped at 22hl/ha despite the frost, which is about average for the last four years according to winemaker Paul Boscule. The bouquet is clean and pure with orange blossom and red apple, dried pineapple aromas that are very seductive. The palate is well balanced with a tang of orange rind and quince on the entry, just the right amount of bitterness to keep this Pavillon Blanc on edge, nicely focused with a hint of lemongrass towards the finish. Excellent. 2021 - 2035
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
This is very powerful with a super aftertaste of chalk, limestone, and crush sea shells. Full body, layered with phenolic texture that resembles a sleek red. Yet it’s fresh vivid all the time like the excellent white it is. The white pepper character combined with dried citrus is fabulous.
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 Pavillon Blanc is simply magnificent. Gracious and translucent in the glass, the 2017 is a terrific example of the vintage at its best. The flavors are bright and wonderfully sculpted, with plenty of citrus peel, orchard fruit and crushed rock nuances that develop as the wine builds into its creamy, resonant finish. Pavillon Blanc is the highlight this year at Margaux.
|Score: 94/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2018|
Margaux has a spraying system to combat frost at the Pavillon Blanc vineyard, but they lost a bit of production, with yields finishing at 22 hectoliters per hectare. The nose of the 2017 Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux is a little reticent to begin, giving way to beautiful white peach, grapefruit and lemongrass notes plus hints of mandarin peel, honeysuckle, baking bread and just a waft of ginger. The medium to full-bodied palate is very crisp and super intense, laden with citrus and stone fruit layers, coupled with a lovely satiny texture and plenty of weight without feeling heavy, finishing with incredible length and a lingering mineral note.
|Score: 93/95||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
Very scented, intense citrus but also finely floral. Really floral. Peachy. Full in the mouth and great acid tension leaving the mouth clean. A floral scent on the palate too but it is quite delicate. There's a gentle creaminess and a slight lees grip yet the intensity is fruit-driven. Long and complete and just a light saltiness on the finish. 13.1%
|Score: 17.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
Peachy on the palate tangerine fresh on the nose a complex mix of flavours. The mid richness balanced by citrus bright at the back with richness sweetness on the finish. 2020-27
|Score: 93/95||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018|
This is a wonderful Pavillon Blanc with great aromatics and powerful flavours that highlight how those cool summer nights have given real zip and freshness without losing intensity. Intense and concentrated flavours of quince, fleshy tropical fruits, nectarines and white peaches are combined with a mouthwatering tension that holds your interest and delivers a stunningly slatey, mineral finish. Margaux didn't lose anything to frost, so had a 22hl/ha yield after careful selection (a normal amount for the estate). It was an early harvest, from 28 August to 5 September. 20% new oak. 3.1pH. 98-100 points.
Drinking Window 2020 - 2035
|Score: 99||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
With lower acidity than in previous vintages and a slightly elevated alcohol, this is a more exotic style of Pavillon Blanc and the flavour is tinged with pineapple and mango notes. While the finish is tense and fine, there is a lushness to the mid-palate which I find very attractive. In 2017 Margaux has decided to use Diam 30 corks…! I have no idea how these will age but they have been trialling this closure on and off for over ten years and they seem satisfied. ‘A screwcap is too big a change, and some people will not spot Diam!’. They understand that screwcaps perform perfectly but this is too much of a shock for consumers. I think Diam will be a shock, too. I hope that my score stands the test of time.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|