Sauternes vin­tage down

Decanter - - A MONTH IN WINE -

Sauternes pro­duc­ers have warned that 2018 vol­umes will be low be­cause of mildew and hail that struck vine­yards in the south­west cor­ner of the ap­pel­la­tion.

Château Guiraud has con­firmed it will not make a ‘ first wine’ from the Sauternes 2018 vin­tage af­ter hail de­stroyed 95% of grapes on 15 July. ‘ I’ve never seen that in 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence,’ es­tate di­rec­tor Xavier Planty told Decanter.

Septem­ber rain kicked off an ‘ex­cel­lent spread of botry­tis’ at Château d’Yquem, but it will have about 20% less 2018 wine than its av­er­age po­ten­tial har­vest, ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tor San­drine Gar­bay.

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