When I head in to taste a new vintage, I try to go in without preconceived notions. Yes, I know how the weather was and I've heard the buzz (or lack of it). But I try to block that all out once I start tasting the wines. In the end, the wines need to speak for themselves, and there's no substitute for just sitting and tasting. I want surprises to be just … and to that end, I was quite impressed with the 2013 I tasted at Haut-Bailly. So, too, was Sanders, as she has watched the wine evolve in its early stages.