Intense cold characterized the start of the year and came before a decidedly chilly and gloomy spring. Temperatures and sunshine hours were both low. As such, budburst was around 10 days late on the norm. The persistent cool and damp weather meant that flowering was strung out, resulting in shatter and millerandage. The vine’s growth cycle was three weeks late compared to the average for the past decade. Powerful hailstorms caused considerable damage on the Côte de Beaune, in the Grand Auxerrois, around Chablis, and in the Mâconnais. Fortunately, the summer brought sunshine and heat, allowing the grapes to finish ripening.
The whites, after a few years of ageing, have smoothed out their edges, revealing a high-quality aromatic range where nutty notes blend perfectly with more honeyed flavors. In the mouth, they are lively and taut, with good mineral expression. 2013: A vintage with remarkable tenure.