The 2004 Pavillon Rouge is a worthy second wine to our Grand Vin. It has all the stuffing of the first wine without necessarily its refinement. The nose is powerful and fine, more open today than that of the Château Margaux. On the palate, it is fine, harmonious, well integrated and finishes with a delicate freshness, a testimony to the perfect ripeness of the grapes.
We can start drinking the wine, but there is no hurry. (October 2018)
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)