FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, dezente Randaufhellung. Reife rote Herzkirschen, Ribiseln, ein Hauch von Kräuterwürze, feine tabakige Nuancen, Saftig, elegant, feine süße Kirschfrucht, reife, integrierte Tannine, extraktsüßer Abgang, mineralisch und anhaftend, bleibt lange haften, sicheres Reifepotenzial."
JEB DUNNUCK: "You could easily mistake the 2022 Pavillon Rouge De Margaux for the Grand Vin here, and truth be told, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this actually evolve better than some of the Grand Vins from just over 10-15 years ago. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot (the second wine got all the Petit Verdot in 2022), it offers a deep, medium to full-bodied, seamless profile as well as solid framboise, darker raspberry, currants, sandalwood, and spice aromatics, silky tannins, and outstanding length. The purity and precision paired with this level of texture and richness far exceeds the vast majority of second wines out there."
JAMES SUCKLING: "Rich and dense with lots of fruit and juiciness. Redcurrants, black berries, strawberries and orange peel on the nose. Full and layered with fine, velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Big presence."
LISA PERROTTI-BROWN: „The 2022 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux is made from 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it needs quite a lot of swirling to bring out notes of blackcurrant pastilles, Morello cherries, and preserved plums, followed by hints of dusty soil, cumin seed, and garrigue. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers commendable grace and backbone, with firm grainy tannins and well-knit freshness supporting the muscular black fruits, finishing with a fragrant lift. pH 3.65, TPI 85, alcohol 14.8% - but you don't feel it."
WEINWISSER: "64 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 24 % Merlot, 7 % Petit Verdot, 5 % Cabernet Franc, 25 hl/ha, pH 3.63. Feingliedriges rotbeeriges Bouquet, ein dichter Fliederstrauß, heller Tabak und Eisenkraut. Am mittleren, aber dichten Gaumen mit weicher Textur, reifem Extrakt, stützender Rasse und engmaschigem Tanningerüst. Im gebündelten feinaromatischen Finale blaubeerige Konturen, man spürt die 14.8 Vol.-% überhaupt nicht, da ist alles in Balance. 2028 – 2045."
VINUM: "Besonders fruchtig, exzellentes Tannin, erstaunliche Rasse und Länge; kommt der Klasse des Grand Vin verblüffend nahe, gehört garantiert zu den besten Pavillon aller Zeiten."
DECANTER: "Beautiful vivid colour, bright and intense. Dark chocolate, cherries and subtle perfume on the nose. Bright and lively thought also lean and straight on the palate. A generous weight and intense grip to the tannins. It’s on the tense side, focussed with extreme precision to the fruit profile with racy acidity unpinning the tannins which are at the fore. Feels refined and elegant, more serious than some other second wines in its construction but is classy, juicy, sculpted and softly plush. The fruit has bite and tang, with liquorice and graphite edges and spiced accents giving angles but all enjoyable and really building to the whole. Great freshness and length. 7% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 3.61pH. 84 IPT - highest IPT, highest before was 2018 which was 82. 15% press wine. 31% production."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Opening with its bouquet of flowers, it is impossible not to notice the spicy red and black fruits in the nose and on the palate. Concentrated, elegant and fresh, with vibrancy, and creaminess in the textures on the palate. The finish shows intensity and lift in the black raspberries, cherries and red plums with a touch of pepper and paprika on the back end of the finish. The wine was made from blending 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, 14.8% ABV. Drink from 2025-2040."
THE WINE ADVOCATE: "The 2022 Pavillon Rouge is deep and perfumed, wafting from the glass with notions of cherries, raspberry preserve, lilac, violets and spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, velvety and concentrated palate that's deep, rich and vibrant, with a tannic grain that resembles the grand vin this year. It represents just under a third of the estate's production."