2013 Sauternes – A Tale of Two Halves

10 days on from my last look at the 2013 Sauternes harvest we are now getting close to the end.

Steve thinks it’s been a bit like England’s World Cup qualifying match against Poland earlier in the the week.  There was a fantastic first half with grapes full of vibrant acidity and high potential sugar levels (compare Townsend’s wing play) culminating in some great first and second picks (Rooney’s goal at the end of the half).  The second half has been a cagey affair with growers constantly watching the weather and picking when possible in between showers (Polish attacks).  There is still time on the clock for some final picks in good weather at the start of next week (Gerrard’s clincher).

We will now have to wait and see what the growers can make out of their picks in terms of a final wine.  It will certainly be a very good vintage but maybe not at the top level.  Just as England aren’t expected to win the World Cup in Rio (like they did in 1966), the 2013 Sauternes vintage may not challenge the 2001 – expect a good performance though.

The videos below explain all this in non-football related detail.  Sandwiched in between an introduction video and a summary (both shot on a beautiful day in the Barsac vineyards) there are interesting insights from Laure de Lambert Compeyrot at Sigalas-Rabaud and Xavier Planty at Guiraud.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

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