The 2013 vintage in Alsace saw ups and downs as a cool, wet spring delayed the start of the season. A warm and sunny summer followed, but damaging hail reduced the crop by as much as 30% in early August. Hopes were high for a small, high quality crop, but it wasn’t to be. The late harvest was underway when significant rainfall arrived in early October. Those who harvested before the rains produced the best wines, as cool temperatures afterwards stalled ripening and botrytis set in.
The vintage was a mixed bag overall. Some very good wines, some less so. The crop was dramatically smaller than normal, down 30% by some counts.