The 2004 Pavillon Rouge is a worthy second to the First Wine. It has all the stuffing of the First without having the final touches. The nose is powerful and fine, more open today than that of the First Wine. On the palate, it is fine, harmonious, well integrated and finishes with a delicate freshness, a testimony to the perfect ripeness of the grapes.
After quite a late bud-burst, spring was cool and rather dry. The temperatures then went up in late May, while an early and lengthy period of drought set in. As a result, the flowering was quick and the setting went through perfectly, which reinforced our forecasts of an abundant crop. The summer was "normal", in so far as no excessively hot, cool, wet or dry weather was noted. At the end of August, all the potential was there, including the chance of a great vintage. The month of September, which was hot and dry, was therefore decisive, as it often proves in Bordeaux, allowing an even and complete ripening of all the grape varieties. (Picking began on October 1st)