Jancis Robinson has a great video up on her site featuring Château Margaux’s Managing Director Paul Pontallier and owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos discussing the 2009 Pavillon Blanc. Concerned that the wines might become too rich with higher potential alcohols, the Margaux team opted for a more restrained style, using canopy management to keep the ripeness of the Sauvignon Blanc in check. The resulting wine, says Jancis, “is much leaner, racier, more mineral – and probably longer-lived.”
Another unearthed JJ Buckley interview on the 2007 Bordeaux vintage, this one with Paul Pontallier. He discusses how they were able to handle the vintage, and how the resulting wine came out – the comparison is with 2004, but with more freshness, charm, and a more easy-drinking, pleasant personality.