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Q&A: Sandrine Garbay, cellar master at Chateau d'Yquem

Published:  31 October, 2013

How is the 2013 vintage looking for d'Yquem?

This year's vintage will probably be a very good one. The Sauternes appellation is one of the most satisfied in Bordeaux with the climate conditions of 2013. We had low temperatures and high amount of rains in the spring, particularly in May and June. The vines were two weeks late, and a lot of rain fell at the flowering period. So the beginning was a little bit complicated. Even though the vintage was two weeks later than usual, the noble rot infected our grapes soon after ripeness. We started the first picking on Sept 25 with very nice concentration of sugar and fruit flavours in our grapes. We then made three more pickings with our last one on Oct 24. So, in total, four tries with a very good yield - more than the average. Having a dry, hot summer, and a very qualitative noble rot, with rains in October at the right time, followed by windy and drying days, saved the vintage for us.

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