The second wine of Margaux, the Pavillon Rouge (63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot), exhibits more structure and masculinity than one normally expects. It has a deep ruby/purple color, nice floral and blackcurrant notes, some spice box, moderate tannin and medium body. This is a Pavillon Rouge that should admirably stand the test of time for 15-20 years. Its impressively long finish adds to its appeal and value. This wine will actually benefit from several years of bottle age and keep for 20 years. Drink: 2018 - 2038.
|Score: 90+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
Composed of 30% of the production, the 2012 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Fragrant, flowery, red and black fruit notes intermixed with notions of dusty, loamy soil are found in this medium-bodied, silky, enormously charming 2012. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years.
Only about one-third of the total production made it into the 2012 Chateau Margaux, which is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Like many Medoc first-growths in this vintage, this estate-s aim was to make an elegant, supple-styled 2012 that emphasized the fruit, charm and delicacy of this terroir rather than pushing extraction and going for a powerhouse, which would have been difficult to produce in a vintage like 2012. The natural alcohol is 13%.
|Score: 87/89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013|
The 2012 Pavillon Rouge is soft, supple and open knit, with plenty of dark red cherry, cherry pit, tobacco and brambly flavors. Initially a bit brooding, the 2012 becomes more finessed with time in the glass. Sweet floral and minty notes add freshness on the finish. The tannins are silky and polished throughout. Drink this supple, forward Pavillon Rouge over the next decade or so. Drink 2016 - 2024.
|Score: 91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016|
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Very fragrant indeed. Lift and restraint. Not TOO sweet compared with some other Médocs in 2012. Lovely balance. Very clean and healthy. Modestly scaled. Very precise and neat. Very discreet - beautiful really is an apt word for this.
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013|
Chateau Margaux's second wine is made from 23% of the Chateau's total production this year with a third wine "Margaux de Margaux" also being produced (but not sold En Primeur). The 2012 blend is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Perfumed, floral, elegant and open-knit there are notes of white chocolate, vanilla pod intermingled with cherry and strawberry fruit. The tannins are velvety-smooth. This is a polished, charming Margaux that will give great pleasure at an early age.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, March 2013|
The nose has a fresh fruited charm and although there is freshness on the start of the palate the mid palate is packed with sweet fruit. The tannins are ripe and rounded the feel supple then towards the back the mix of bilberry and red cherry give a vibrant freshness on the finish. 2018-30
|Score: 90/93||Derek Smedley MW, May 2013|
With the introduction of a third wine at Château Margaux, what's included in the second
wine has arguably gone up a notch in quality. This is certainly a very polished Margaux,
with attractive plum and green pepper flavours, silky tannins, fresh acidity and a supple,
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013|