At Chateau d’Yquem we had a private tasting with Technical Manager, Francis Mayeur. He also showed us the 2007 Ygrec (their dry white wine) and the 2007 d’Yquem for comparison. The conclusion (helped by Francis’s charts) was that, where 2007 was a case of ‘great botrytis on good grapes’, in 2009 Sauternes experienced ‘great botrytis on great grapes’. That just about says in all – expect a doubly great d’Yquem!
I’m going to pause for breath now for a little bit but don’t forget to sign up for my full tasting notes at the top right hand corner of the page, especially if you are interested in buying Sauternes and Barsac wines in the 2009 En Primeur campaign (expected any time after Easter). Bill Blatch