Are we getting more and more demanding with the passing years ? The degree of selection is constantly going up for the first wine, which diverts a lot of very good wine in the direction of Pavillon Rouge. The proportion chosen for the first wine had never before been so small as in 1996, which perhaps explains the remarkable quality of Pavillon Rouge 1996, which is perhaps superior to 1995. The nose is very fine and still full of fruit. On the palate, it is supple and fleshy. It is very good to drink now.
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)