A great vintage for Pavillon Rouge. In fact, in 1986, nearly all the plots produced very good wine, thanks of course to the exceptional weather conditions, but also because we had decided for the first time to thin out the bunches in the plots of the youngest and the most productive vines. Pavillon Rouge is naturally more developed than the first wine; but it has not yet reached its peak. We can start drinking it now, but there is no rush.
The very fine summer weather was hardly affected by the brief spell of rain around 20th September, which in the end, may have been more beneficial than we first thought. Immediately afterwards, the fine weather came back and stayed with us for the whole of the harvest time, bringing the grapes to superb ripeness. (The picking began 1st October)