The 2017 Pavillon Rouge de Margaux, which is matured in 50% new oak, has a lovely, melted tar-tinged bouquet with plenty of black fruit. I like the definition and focus here. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly gritty, rigid tannin on the entry that lend this Pavillon Rouge quite a firm backbone. It does not convey the elegance of the 2016 but there is plenty of spice and vigour on the finish. 2021 - 2032
|Score: 88/90||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
Blended of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux has a lovely open and expressive spicy nose of cinnamon and cloves with a core of red currant jelly, kirsch and crushed blackberries plus touches of tobacco and new leather. The palate is medium-bodied with great mid-palate intensity and plenty of red and black fruit layers, finishing on an uplifting perfumed note.
|Score: 91/93||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
There is very pretty purity of fruit to this with lots of currant, strawberry and plum character. Lots of chocolate and hazelnut too. Full body, velvety tannins and a chewy finish. Excellent for the vintage. About half the normal production. This is the same level of quality as 2016.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 Pavillon Rouge is a very pretty wine. Fresh, floral and beautifully lifted, the 2017 is all class. There is a purity to the flavors here that is simply remarkable. Estate Manager Sebastian Vergne told me the winemaking team opted to raise temperatures at the end of fermentation to gain a bit more color, depth and polymerization of tannins. Pavillon Rouge represents 22% of the estate's production.
|Score: 89/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2018|
Bright healthy crimson. Rich, pure-fruited and generous. Smooth, velvety tannins, deep and long. Deep and rich and even.
|Score: 17||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018|
Half of the normal production this year. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Bright ruby in the glass with expressive, ripe red fruits and perfumed florality. The palate is fleshy and forward, with succulent cherries and plums washing over the refined and supple tannins. Excellent texture and approachability, still with the freshness of the vintage. The finish is creamy and juicy, with just a touch of woodsmoke on the back end to add complexity.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
Fragrant and fresh the nose is light with a mix of back fruits and red fruits the start of the palate has bramble freshness. Sweet in the middle the tannins are fine, supple and rich at the back with fresher fruits showing on the finish which is quite light, fragrant and long. 2024-37
|Score: 89/92||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018|
This has great concentration, with carefully balanced black fruits that are fleshy and inviting but unfussy. The berry size was a little bigger than last year after the September rains (70mm in 20 days) so there is a feeling of juice and mouthwatering seduction once you give it some time to work through the initial austerity. There's no dilution through the mid-palate, and it's one of the few second wines that really gets your attention in 2017. They lost 10% of the crop to frost, giving a yield of 35hl/ha, with no secondary fruits used in Pavillon or Margaux (not even the first generation buds from any affected plots). 22% of total production is the lowest ever for Pavillon, and combined with the low yield means there will be 40% fewer bottles. The vineyards were entirely organically farmed in 2017, although there are still no plans to go for certification. Harvested 18-26 September. 3.7pH. IPT 73 - as high as last year. 4% Cabernet Franc also in the blend. Will be 60% new oak.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
|Score: 92||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
There were 8 hectares damaged by frost, so approximately 10% of production was lost. The season was ‘easy’ apart from that but from the second week of September, the rain came and then it went, thankfully, and higher temperatures returned with the sunshine. They harvested everything fairly smartly. This is a bright, very intense Cabernet-themed wine with amazing density considering its framework, which is not muscular at all. The purple-ink colour and incredible length are fascinating. On paper it is not dissimilar to the 2016, but in flavour terms it couldn’t be more different. It needs time to soften, as this is a tense, coiled-up Pavillon.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|