2011 Vintage Progress Report
I popped down to Sauternes and Barsac at the beginning of the week and checked up on the grapes at Guiraud, Liot and Clos Haut-Peyraguey. It’s looking good again but this is a critical stage and the embryonic botrytis needs the right conditions over the next few weeks.
The grapes themselves are excellent with good sugar levels and excellent aromatics. It will be an early harvest with the first picks starting as early as next week to weed out unwanted ‘beery’ grapes and capture some of the early botrytised bunches. This will leave the beautifully golden grapes you can see in the videos below to ripen fully and gain an added degree or so of potential alcohol. Bill Blatch
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