Yquem Will Not Produce 2012 Sauternes (by winespectator.com)

Posted: December 18, 2012 by wynmaker in Bordeaux, Cellars, Europe, France, Oenology, Vinification, Vintage, Wine, Winemaking, Wineries, World wine news
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Bordeaux 1998

Château d’Yquem


Rain ruined harvest for top property; neighbors argue that buyers should not dismiss vintage
Pierre Lurton, managing director of Château d’Yquem, said that the legendary 250-acre Bordeaux estate will not produce a 2012 Sauternes due to insufficient quality. “We tried everything possible, but nature didn’t give us a choice,” Lurton told Wine Spectator.

Horribly wet weather during harvest this year left Yquem with grapes for just 800 cases of sweet wine rather than the usual 8,000 to 10,000 (worth roughly $33 million in sales), so the financial dice had already been thrown, said Lurton. And what remained lacked the Premier Grand Cru Supérieur estate’s hallmark concentration and complexity, he added.

“Why release it? To show we’re present in a vintage? Economically and for the image of Yquem, it would not have been the best demonstration,” said Lurton. Normally the wine might have gone into a second wine, but Yquem doesn’t make one. Instead it will likely be declassified and sold off in bulk. The estate did produce 10,000 bottles of its dry white wine, “Y,” picked prior to the rains, but the sweet wine simply failed to pass muster. “We were not convinced of the quality. It’s rare but it happens.”

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