Chateau Rieussec, the Sauternes estate owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has joined Chateau d’'quem in announcing that it will not be building a 2012 vintage wine.
DBR director Charles Chevallier told Decanter.com they ‘simply felt there was not sufficient juice of first wine quality to justify the production this year.’He confirmed but they would be building a second wine, Les Carmes de Chevallier.‘This is the first vintage that we have made no [first] wine since 1993, but it has been a challenging year and the quality of our bottling must always be the priority.’ In the neighbouring sweet wine village of Barsac the harvest was earlier there is more optimism. '2012 is never going to be a fantastic vintage, but there should be some very crisp, fresh and elegant wines that will be very very excellent in five or six years,' Max Lalondrelle at Berry Bros told Decanter.com this week. Bérénice Lurton, owner of
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