Never before have the grapes reached such a high level of sugar, and generally speaking, such a level of concentration. This astonishing result is undoubtedly due to the very unusual weather conditions which dominated the end of summer: both very dry and cool, with a persistent north wind. The 1996 Pavillon Blanc is a particularly powerful and concentrated wine, with an amazing length on the palate. It is perfect drinking today but still surprises us with its youth.
After a very quick flowering, the summer was unsettled, with alternating periods of hot and cool weather and stormy showers, though less heavy in the Médoc than on the right bank. As from the 1st September, cool and very dry weather set in for three weeks. It then rained and fine weather returned for the harvesting of the Cabernets. (The picking began on 23rd September)