2005 Margaux - Pavillon Rouge 750ml

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89-92

(48% each merlot and cabernet sauvignon plus 4% petit verdot) Bright ruby-red. Very pure aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet and spicy oak. Very ripe and rich in the mouth, with a much more pliant texture than the grand vin Quite chewy on the back end, finishing with broad, sweet tannins and a touch of warmth. This has alcohol in the 14% range, or a full point higher than Chateau Margaux's 13%.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 91
Author: Steve and Lizzie
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/28/2015
Drink Dates: 2008-2023

Rating: 89
Author: Jack In NYC
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 12/01/2008
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Rating: 88
Author: WineRyan
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 04/16/2009
2nd label for Margaux. 15,000 cases. 50% CS, 50% Merlot. Menthol, light reddish fruit, earthy/dirt/herbal, sweet/slightly hot nose. Finish is short. Mouth feel very pleasant, sweet tannin, very soft for 2005, light fruit. $120.

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Average rating: 90, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

2726 bottles owned by 454 collectors.

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Chateau Margaux is one of the five First Growths ranked in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The neo-Palladian style chateau was built in the 18th century by architect Louis Combes for the Marquis de la Colonilla. Chateau Margaux has been well regarded in history and stands among Thomas Jefferson's favorite chateaux. Since 1977, the estate has been directed by the Mentzelopoulos family with winemaking team director Paul Pontallier, cellar master Jean Grangerou and consulting oenologist Emile Peynaud. The vineyards are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), with the balance composed of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In addition to the chateau's grand vin, the estate produces a second label called Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux and Pavillon Blanc de Chateau Margaux, a white made from Sauvignon Blanc. Chateau Margaux's finest vintages include 1900, 1928, 1953, 1961, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, and 2005.

Margaux is often considered the most "feminine" of the First Growths. It is sensuous with fine tannins that give it a sense of clarity. The wine has dark berry aromas such as boysenberry or blackberries. The bouquet is characterized by ripe black currants, spicy vanilla and violets. A strong minerality is often found in the lengthy finish.

Chateau Margaux, featured in The World of Fine Wine: Chateau Margaux A Deux

See other similar producers: Chateau Pichon Lalande, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Leoville Poyferre

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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