Overall quality of the vintage: very good. Tasty wines of good consistency, superb and ripe. Kept in optimal conditions, some are still excellent.
Harvest status: Dates: from September 23rd.
Overall quality of the vintage: excellent. The best Sauternes, it has been said, since 1921. Wines of a harmonious, fine and delicate sweetness, which generally have a deep colour. If stored in the right conditions, they are still perfect. The Sauternes still have a good potential (until 2020 for some).
"Beautiful quality, excellent harvest, lots of wine": Emile Hugel is clearly a happy man. For him in Riquewihr, as for René Beyer in Eguisheim and, indeed, for all the producers recording this level of quality for two years running, this is something never seen before. The quantities are higher than in 1928. "Alcohol levels are high," notes Les Vins d'Alsace magazine. "However, some wines are selling for 120F (18€) per hectolitre, despite their remarkable quality. Quality wines sell at between 200 and 220 F (30 to 33€) . This is a very real crisis, however, because prices are falling even though the harvest is excellent."
"On the nose, a delightful palette of liquorice and angelica. In the mouth, a fine, dry character. The aromas become honey, lime blossom, candied fruit, whispering: "If you like me, finish the glass. You could even have another." The great virtue and seduction of the Vouvray is indeed its longevity. Who but Jacques Puisait, President of the Institute Français du Goût, would speak in such tender terms of a wine he was tasting (Daniel Allias' Clos du Petitmont)?
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