2010 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux (Case of Six OWC)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 87-90
Wine Enthusiast: 93-95
Jeff Leve: 92-94
James Suckling: 96
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"This is lovely, with a powerful backdrop of graphite and tar, harnessed by flavors of velvety plum, steeped fig and black currant preserves. The long incense- and black tea-filled finish completes the seduction. Refined, defined and poised. Best from 2014 through 2025." (WS)

"The second wine, the 2010 Pavillon Rouge (essentially two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot with small quantities and Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) looks to be a wine to age for 20 or more years, but it is quite drinkable already. Soft, supple and luscious, with oodles of blue and black fruits, the floral character one expects, and not a trace of herbaceousness, oak or aggressiveness, this is a beautiful, round, generous wine to drink over the next 18-20 years." (WA)

"(66% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 4% petit verdot, a 38% selection for the grand vin; 14% alcohol) Deep ruby. D elicate cassis, violet and inky aromas show an earthy, almost animal nuance. Then clean, dense and tight on the palate, with flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes smooth and long, with hints of dark chocolate and graphite. An impressive Pavillon, and there's less of it too, as it represents only 38% of total production this year (down from 45% in 2009). Margaux decided to make both a third and fourth wine in 2010. Paul Pontailler likes its nose best, and feels that this wine is at the same level as some weaker vintages of Chateau Margaux of the past. Though it's very impressive, I'm not sure I liked it quite as much, as I wasn't wild about the earthy notes on the nose." (IWC)

"93-95 Velvet tannins, perfumed fruit and great weight. The wine is almost luxurious in its ripe flavors while keeping style, freshness and elegance. — R.V. (6/25/2011)" (WE)

"With a perfume filled with roses, chocolate, blackberry and licorice, the wine feels sauvé in texture. This round, fresh, cassis and black cherry filled wine offers a lot of Margaux character and charm. 92-94 Pts 93 points - Tasted Jul 19, 2011" (JL)

"This the greatest Pavillon Rouge ever made. Aromas of flowers, smoke, currants and raspberries follow through to a full body, with super silky tannins and a long, long finish. This is balanced and refined with wonderful depth. Hard to believe it's a second wine. Better after 2018." (JS)