The very fine balance and charm of the first wine can be found in the Pavillon Rouge, with less complexity, length and density. Should we wait to drink it or not? Yes, of course, as it has a real potential to improve over a good ten years. But why should we deprive ourselves of enjoying it over a lunch or a simple meal? Its fruit is so appealing, the palate is so silky, that it is unimaginable to refuse opening a few of these bottles.
After an early flowering, the summer was hot and sunny, with isolated rainy spells: optimal conditions to the ripening of the grapes, but also to the onset of downy mildew. From 20th August to 10th September, the very dry weather brought the ripening and the concentration of the grapes to exceptional levels; then heavy rains came until the end of September. (The picking began on 22nd September)