2013 Lucky for some! Everyone is happy in Sauternes as the alternating of wet and hot sunny conditions is perfect for the onset of ‘noble rot’ botrytis cinerea. There is so much uniform botrytis that whole bunches are able to be picked instead this year of the painstaking berry by Berry (last happened in 2005). 2013 sweet wines promise to be concentrated, ripe with nice levels of acidity from the cool nights.
This makes up for 2012 when rains during harvest washed much of their harvest away. This year it is the red wine producers who have it bad. This same rot causes havoc in their vineyards….