The selection of a third wine, begun in 1997, was continued in 1998. It has now become a systematic reflex. This operation, which demonstrates our growing concern for rigour, as much for the second wine as for the first, enabled us to make a Pavillon Rouge 1998 of astonishing concentration, undoubtedly the most powerful ever, with the 2000 and 2003. The Pavillon Rouge 1998 possesses all the qualities of its vintage: an intense fruit, a great length on the palate and of course great potential for improving with age.
The dates for bud-break, flowering and colour change in the grapes correspond exactly to the averages. What distinguishes this growing season is the exceptional heat and drought during the month of August : the grapes acquired an excellent level of concentration early on. The heavy rain at the end of September came too late to cause significant dilution. (The picking began on 24th September)