by Alain Girard, December 14th, 2013.2013 was a cold and late year. Bud break was over 10 days late, and Spring's cold and humidity pushed things back even further, with flowering about two weeks late. This resulted in coulure and millerandange, which explained the size of the grapes at harvest.
From mid-June to mid-September, the weather was extremely dry, particularly in July. Because of this, we did not have to worry about mildew or odium. And with all the water that had accumulated in the soils, the vines did not suffer from dehydration during this dry-spell.
Going into the fall, we had mild, humid weather up until October 10th. September's mild climate helped maturation, concentrating sugars, lowering acidities and adding aromatic complexities. It also created pockets of botrytis. Because Sauvignon's skins are thick, this led to noble rot, bringing weight and finesse to the grapes.
We began harvesting on October 7th and finished on the 18th. We had to pick hastily to vinify under the best conditions. The whites are still very tight, with floral aromas dominating. Depending on the terroir and the date they were harvested, the wines are characterized by a tender freshness and marked acidity. This leads us to believe that this style will benefit from aging.
I have a feeling this 2013 harvest will lead to a pleasant surprise.