2014 Sauternes Harvest First Impressions

After all the excitement at the end of last week (see post below) Steve and I went down to Sauternes for a couple of days to take a good look around and assess the beginning of the 2014 Sauternes harvest.

The videos below provide more details but to sum things up there has been a small first pick after a difficult and prolonged growing season. A fantastic month of September sunshine after a colder than average Summer has resulted in some very ripe grapes with high sugar levels and good acidity. Some rain now is needed to bring on the botrytis on the relatively thick skins followed by some more good weather to dry things out and provide the necessary concentration – the next two weeks are critical. The Indian Summer has also meant some great dry white wines have been produced and we plan to offer some of these as well next Spring.

Watch out for a few more videos over the next couple of weeks as the harvest gets fully underway. Enjoy! Bill Blatch

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