Incredible clarity and freshness with minerals, lemons, chalk and steel. It’s so racy and exciting. Changes to white peaches and mangoes. Just flies at the end of the palate. Super subtle. Delicate yet agile and powerful. Pinpointed structure and flavors. It lasts for minutes on the palate. Just a hint of lemon rind and salt. A triumph. Better in 2018. But who can wait?
98 points, jamessuckling.com (February 2015)
The 2012 Pavillon Blanc comes across as a bit closed today and far less expressive than the reds. Green pear, grapefruit, white flowers and lime unfold in a graceful, exquisite Pavillon Blanc built on delicacy and finesse, while the bright, saline-infused finish makes it virtually impossible to resist a second taste. Tightly-wound and energetic to the core, the 2012 appears to have a very bright future.
93 points, Vinous (January 2016)
More opulent than the 2010, with plenty of honeysuckle, melon and orange rind-scented and flavored fruit, this medium-bodied 2012 reveals terrific acidity. It is a brilliant example of a fresh, well-delineated 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Chateau Margaux. It should drink well for 20-25 years as these wines have considerable longevity.
(91 - 93) points, Wine Advocate (April 2013)
Delicious citrus notes with a hint of spring flowers and figs characterize this medium-bodied, fresh, lively 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Drink it over the next 10+ years, although this wine has a fabulous reputation for aging two decades or more.
90 points, Wine Advocate (April 2015)
On Bordeaux’s Left Bank, near the southern end of the Haut-Médoc, lies Margaux, one of the most celebrated villages in the world of wine. Margaux is home to Château Margaux, the revered first-growth property, as well as 20 more Grand Cru Classé estates ranked in the 1855 classification of Bordeaux. The acclaimed wine of Margaux benefits from the diverse soil types in the appellation.
In general, Margaux has a very thin layer of topsoil, and the very best vineyards, above the Gironde River, have gravelly soils that encourage deep root growth and allow for good drainage. Because of the variations in soil, Margaux wines can range from delicately flavoured to highly concentrated, from medium- to full-bodied. Yet all Margaux wines share a fragrant bouquet, silky texture and remarkable balance. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in the wines of Margaux, as it does throughout the Left Bank, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc used in small percentages for blending. Because of their excellent aging potential, the best Margaux wines are prized by collectors.