Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
The Sauvignon Blanc’s earliness (harvesting took place between August 28th and September 5th) kept it safe from late-season rainfall. The grapes were in perfect condition and fine summer weather allowed them to ripen in the best of circumstances. As a result, their sugars concentrated while retaining excellent acidity that is essential to the balance of a great white wine. We selected the best from our plots in Virefougasse to blend a wine of complex aromas, with roundness on the palate and an extra-long finish with delicate notes of citrus and white flowers. The 2017 vintage is distinctive for its opulence and a very generous fatness that recall the finest Pavillon Blanc vintages.
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So energetic and wicked, in a good way, with a subtle start to the palate. Then it takes off on the finish. Sliced dried-apple, green-pear and crushed-stone notes. So minerally and levitated at the finish. Great finish. Explosive. Drink now and enjoy the freshness and youth, or age as long as you like.
Barrel Sample: 95-97
Another great white from this team, the 2017 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc doesn't get the recognition it deserves, All Sauvignon, it has a rocking bouquet of white grapefruit, crushed citrus, salty minerality, and hints of mint. Rich, medium-bodied, ultra-fresh yet with terrific fruit, it can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years.
Chateau Margaux has a spraying system to combat frost at this vineyard. Still, yields were down to 22 hectoliters per hectare due to some crop losses. As always, the 2017 Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. It opens slowly to reveal scents of fresh pineapple, lime blossoms, orange peel and lemon curd with hints of yuzu zest, wet pebbles, struck flint and kumquat. Medium-bodied, the palate absolutely sings of vibrant citrus fruits and mineral accents, sporting a very lively line of freshness, finishing with great length and whispering of tons of aging potential. Stellar Pavillon Blanc! Readers should note that after 15 years of experimenting with Diam, this is the first year this wine will be bottled under this closure. To further aid aging with consistency, this is also the first year that the wine is in a dark green bottle as opposed to the former clear glass.
Very lively, featuring a juicy, mouthfilling mix of peach, nectarine and tangerine notes, laced with a singed orange peel thread. Exotic yet pure flavors are married to electric energy. Best from 2021 through 2029.
Beautifully perfumed, this wine has ripe yellow fruits as well as a greener herbal character. Along with its tension and minerality, the wine is rich and has freshness and potential. Drink from 2022.
Chateau Margaux, a Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux, is one of the most famous wines in the world. Care has been lavished on the property by a line of owners with an abiding concern for the reputation of the estate.
For more than five hundred years, season after season, generations of vineyard-workers, grapeharvesters, cellar-workers, coopers and many other craftsmen have all played a part in making Chateau Margaux what it is today: a wine with an incomparable personality, reflected in the elegant Palladian building which adorns its label. In 1977, the estate was purchased by the late André Mentzelopoulos, and it is now run by his daughter, Corinne Mentzelopoulos.