2011 Sauternes – Perfect for Early Drinking?
The books will be closing soon on 2011 Sauternes En Primeur so I thought I’d taste the wines just one more time before they begin their lengthy sojourn in barrel. Often this is a better time to taste than April as the final ‘assemblage’ has more often than not been done and you get a slightly better idea of what a wine will actually be like in bottle.
The good news is that the wines are just as fantastically fresh as in the Spring. As a result this is probably one of the best vintages ever for drinking young – I’ve no idea how they will age but why wait as they are incredibly enjoyable even now?
Below are several videos from my tastings which are well worth a look when you have a minute or two. First a summary of how the wines are tasting generally:
And next covers the rest from Rabaud Promis to La Tour Blanche (can you spot the deliberate mistake?):
Did you spot it? This video covers our best selling 2011 Sauternes (Raymond-Lafon) and should correct it!
And here is the video covering the 2011 Barsac from Climens that I promised:
And finally but by no means least I retreated to my cellar to record a conversation I had with Charles Chevallier from Rieussec:
It is very close to ‘last orders’ now so if you would like any of these wines click on this link – 2011 Sauternes. Enjoy! Bill Blatch