Tasting Note :
2013 is a truly great vintage for Bordeaux white. June was cold and wet. July saw a massive rain and hail storm. Heat in July, August and early September helped the vintage along and the grapes ripen, but late September saw a huge rain storm and massively increased moisture and humidity, threatening rot. As such, the harvest began in late September and went into early October, which is earlier than most domaines were hoping. Botrytis was rampant and yields very low. Luckily the white grapes faired well with the conditions for higher acidity giving structure to the finished wines. Now that they have been bottled, the overall quality for white is extremely high, and better even than expected. Though the overall density is lesser than the 2012 vintage, the completeness of the wines is remarkable and they are fresher, more complex and better balanced than the last several years. These wines can drink now and offer great value for the cellar.