Additional Wine Notes
Chateau Margaux has been producing their second wine, Pavillon Rouge since 1906 predominately as a way of using the grapes that didn’t make the selection for the grand vin as well as grapes from the younger vines on the estate. Pavillon Rouge has gained a reputation of its own thanks to its long standing history yet is invariably compared to its more illustrious sibling. Many argue this is a wine to be approached young but a decade in bottle is still advisable to allow it to settle and mellow.
The classic image of a Bordeaux chateau building is probably that of Chateau Margaux, considered the most elegant of the first growths. Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter was named after the Chateau and the 1945 vintage is apparently the tipple of choice for Batman. After the 1940s, Margaux went through something of a slump in quality to the extent that it was barely economically viable by the early 70s. Since then though, it has come back to its former form and is now back in its rightful place at the summit of wine. The blend is 75% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and a little of the rest, and two other wines are made here: Pavillon Rouge, the second wine, and Pavillon Blanc, a small production 100% sauvignon dry white wine.
1990 was an excellent vintage in Margaux
1990 was an excellent, long-lasting vintage in Bordeaux