A very careful thinning of the grapes on the young vines enabled us to completely remove the second generation of fruit which had appeared three weeks later after the first bunches as a result of the frost. At harvest time, therefore, we had evenly ripe and very concentrated grapes both on the old and young vines. Heavy rain a few days before the harvest made it important to pick quickly and slightly diluted the grapes without really affecting quality.
The Pavillon Rouge 1991 is ready and should be drunk quickly. (October 2018)
1991 was the year of the great spring frost on 21st April. The cold delayed vine growth until the end of May. But an extraordinarily hot, dry summer allowed the vegetation to catch up and brought this very small harvest to an excellent level of ripeness. Unfortunately, heavy rain just before the harvest took the shine off what would have been a remarkable vintage. (The picking began on 30th September)