Winter and spring were cool, wet and humid, withdouble the average rainfall in January (151mm vs 86mm on average). The first buds appeared in April with a 15 day delay and the flowering, in June, took place even in the rain… Fortunately July was dry and hot (July was the warmest on record in the last 14 years).
Our teams worked throughout the summer in the vineyards removing leaves and rigorous green harvest in August and September. Despite the law yields, we sacrificed green clusters to allow the plants to focus their energy on the remaining clusters in order to homogenize the harvest as much as possible. Late leaf removal later facilitated additional ventilation clusters thereby reducing the risk of rots. The harvest took place 2 weeks later than average.
Period of harvest
From September 19th to 30th, 2013
70% Sauvignon Blanc
The Wine Advocate by Neil Martin – 91/93 pts (2014/04)
« The 2013 La Tour Martillac has a crisp gooseberry and lime flower bouquet, the Sauvignon expressive and vigorous. The palate is well balanced with a lovely white peach entry. This feels very harmonious and composed with well judged acidity on the elegant finish. Lovely! »
Wine Enthusiast – 92/94 pts (2014/04)
« Barrel Sample. Complex and rich, this wine is fully textured, with ripe fruit flavors and balanced acidity. There is a touch of ginger, giving the wine extra complexity. »
Above 10°C for young wines. Between 12°C and 14°C after 4-5 years of aging.