The very good weather conditions of 1990 enabled practically all of the plots, young as well as old, to reach an excellent level of ripeness. Nevertheless, the outstanding quality reached by some of them pushed us to make a particularly strict selection for the first wine; this also of course contributed to the fine quality of the Pavillon Rouge, for which many very good wines were available at the blending. The 1990 Pavillon Rouge is very enjoyable to drink now; it is particularly fine, subtle and soft. It is hard to imagine that it can improve even more. And yet.... Our advice though, is to start drinking it now, but there is no rush.
After a mild winter, the flowering was very early but quite long and uneven. As in 1989, the summer was exceptionally hot and so dry that at the end of August the young vines were really suffering from lack of water. The two rainy intervals in September were very beneficial to the final ripening of the grapes, which were harvested in very fine weather. (The picking began on 17th September)