It might have been feared that the Pavillon Rouge 2002 would be affected by the lower quality of the Merlot compared with the Cabernet Sauvignon. It turned out not to be the case, thanks to the third wine, which enabled us to not use the lower quality lots of Merlot.
It is a classic, quite powerful wine which was a little austere in its youth, but is delicious to drink now although it can, of course, be expected to age for many more years. (October 2018)
The quite adverse weather conditions during the period of flowering resulted in severe millerandage in the old Merlot plots.
The summer was cool and relatively humid, especially during August. Fortunately however, as from September, hot, dry and sunny weather set in until the end of the harvest. (Picking began on September 30th)