I guess this is not breaking news, since this article at Wine Searcher is dated December 16 (Nicht diese tone), but for the first time in 20 years there will be no Ch. d'Yquem.
At the start of the harvest, there was hope that the fruit would make the cut, but wet weather during the picking season conspired against the spread of noble rot. The ideal conditions for botrytis cinerea (noble rot) are misty mornings followed by warm, dry afternoons. These allow the grapes to shrivel, increasing the concentration of flavor, sugars, glycerol, and acetic acid levels.
I think they have a lower-priced bottling called Y. So, I'm sure that the 2012 vintage will not just be poured down the drain.
I assume that the whether conditions that caused this result also affected the other Sauternes Chateaux. So, presumably, the quality of their 2012s will also be down. The good news is that there are some pretty good offerings of Sauternes on store shelves right now. I really don't drink dessert wines that often. So, stocking them up and laying them down is quite easy.
No Yquem in 2012
- Reply by JonDerry, Dec 27, 2012.
Heard about this, tough luck for them. No disaster like Soldera though, so they'll be fine.