Chateau d’Yquem, along with Chateau Raymond-Lafon, Chateau d’Arche and Chateau Lamothe-Guignard have decided not to offer their 2013 Sauternes wines en primeur. Yquem’s reason is similar to the one given for not releasing the 2011 during the en primeur campaign – they feel the wine they have made deserves to be sold in a healthier economic climate.
I have some sympathy with this view – they have just got 95-97 pts from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and have been widely acclaimed as the best wine of the vintage, red or white. Why should they release in the midst of a disastrous En Primeur campaign caused by over-pricing among some of the red wines?
Unfortunately is does mean that we cannot offer these wines at this moment but there is always an alternative! Chateau de Fargues has taken a defiant stance on price and increased it to a level they feel more suited to a wine they feel is a classic. I have some sympathy with this approach too and the wine is certainly top quality.
Even better value though is the offer from our old favourite, Daniel Alibrand at Domaine de l’Alliance. If you want top class Sauternes from a top vintage at an attractive price then this has to be your wine. There are excellent offerings out too from Barsac Second Growths Chateau Broustet and Chateau Nairac.
For all the wines available in half and full bottles visit our full 2013 Sauternes En Primeur Offer.
Enjoy! Bill Blatch