Gonzague and Marjolaine Maurice, the husband and wife duo behind this wine, are a formidable pair in Bordeaux. Among Gonzague's numerous projects and Marjolaine's work at Ch?teau Labegorce, is this atypical creation: a Bordeaux Domaine with parcels constituting four Right Bank appellations in Saint-Emilion. Clos du Pavillon is a tiny winery with just over 1.5 hectares of vines in Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens, home of the famous Ch?teaux. Gonzague tends all four parcels with strict organic vineyard practices, and in 2010, began the Ecocert certification process.
Gonzague acquired this winery in 2005 after discovering the Parsac region of Montagne Saint-Emilion, an overlooked sector gaining recognition once again as one of the Right Bank's wine-producing jewels, as it had been in past centuries. Limestone out-croppings, plateaus, and gravel terraces where the vines are planted give this wine its distinctive terroir. All grapes are hand-harvested and sorted again in the winery. A combination of concrete tanks and oak barrels are used for aging the wines.
Clos du Pavilion is 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, with silky and expressive blackberry and raspberry leading to rich, round flavors of cherry and pure fruit in the mid-palate. The subtle and well-integrated tannins stand out, making it a great compliment to any food or to add to one's cellar. This is a bold wine made to pair with beef and lamb with rich sauces, spices, pates, bean dishes and stews.