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2013 St. Emilion is not big, bold, concentrated, opulent and bursting at the seams with ripe, ostentatious fruits like you would find in 2009 or 2010. 2013 St. Emilion wines are at their best are quiet, bright, cherry filled and refined in their early drinking character.
Clearly, 2013 Pomerol is a year for vineyard managers and winemakers that were up the Herculean challenge the vintage offered. You have to go back to 1991 and 1992 to find a vintage of Pomerol at this level.
2013 Bordeaux is year where terroir mattered. This made it difficult for many producers of 2013 Haut Medoc wines.
2013 sweet white Bordeaux wines from Sauternes and Barsac are completely rotten. And that’s a beautiful thing!
For three vintages in a row, the dry white Bordeaux wines from Pessac Leognan are contenders for the best wines of not only the appellation, but in all of Bordeaux.
In some vintages like 2009 Margaux and 2010, Margaux, while the differences in quality are noticeable between the properties at all ends of the spectrum, those variances are much more pronounced in a difficult vintage like 2013.
At their best, 2013 Pauillac are light, fresh, focused on bright, pure cherries. The wines are pretty. They are in most cases ripe, without dryness. But they are not deep, exciting or structured to age.