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The 2021 Pavillon Blanc is one of the finest recent vintages of this cuvée, combining complete maturity with incisive acids to striking effect. Offering up aromas of confit lemon, citrus zest, crisp orchard fruit and wet stones, it's medium to full-bodied, chiseled and tensile, with striking concentration and chalky structuring dry extract, concluding with a long, mineral finish. It was picked between September 7 and 13 and attained 13.3% natural alcohol.
William Kelley, April 2022
The 2021 Pavillon Blanc, picked between 7 and 13 September, before the rains, has a well-defined bouquet with scents of pineapple, kumquat, touches of white peach coming through with time. The palate is very concentrated with sour lemon that counterbalances the fatness and density. Touch of lemongrass on the finish.
Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2022
This is a really serious white. Vibrant and tangy with fantastic energy. Plenty of lime zest, pineapple, crushed stone, cedar, anise and white lavender. Grapefruit, too. Medium body. So much tension at the end. Focused and precise and it just keeps on going. The pH is 3.04, yet it has intense ripeness. A masterpiece of sauvignon blanc. The chateau says it is the best Pavillon Blanc ever. 100% sauvignon blanc.
Harmonious, elegant with poise and precision from start to finish. An ethereal quality to the citrus-led aroma and flavour. Drives from the word go so great persistence and length. Should age. One of the best Pavillon Blanc’s yet? (JL) 12.3%
Drink 2024 – 2036
Jancisrobinson.com, May 2022
The 2021 Pavillon Blanc is a fabulous example of how compelling the vintage is for the best dry whites. It marries the nervy freshness that has characterized the Blanc of late and yet also has quite a bit of textural richness. I was pretty shocked by its weight, to be honest. Lemon confit, white flowers, sage and mint gradually unfurl in the glass. Quite simply, the 2021 is one of the finest Pavillon Blancs in recent memory.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022
Fresh acidities, higher than the last few years. It has a lot in common with the brilliant 2017, but is a little more intense in its cut grass and steel notes, without the exotic fruits you can find in a riper year. Instead this majors on white peaches, pear, quince, grated ginger, lemongrass. Clear persistency and one of the wines of the vintage. Harvest September 7 to 13, 52% of overall production in this wine.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, May 2022
The 2021 Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux is 100% Sauvignon Blanc, picked between 7 and 13 September. Notes of fresh lemon juice, grapefruit, and lime zest jump from the nose, followed by hints of sea spray, chalk dust, white pepper, and yuzu. Medium-bodied, the palate quivers with tension and zing, delivering intense citrus layers with a satiny texture and a long steely finish. This should age incredibly well! The acidity is higher than in previous vintages, with a pH of 3.04.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, May 2022