2013 Sauternes L’Union des Grands Crus Tasting
What a wonderful week it has been for tasting 2013 Sauternes!
Many thanks to Nicholas and Eloise Heeter-Tari at Nairac, Silvio Denz and Eric Laramona at Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Pierre Lurton and all the team at Yquem, Charles Chevalier at Rieussec, Berenice Lurton at Climens, Pierre Montegut at Suduiraut, Vincent Labergére at de Rayne Vigneau, Xavier Planty at Guiraud, Laure de Lambert Compeyrot at Sigalas-Rabaud, Aline and Philippe Baly at Coutet and all the staff at La Lagune in the Medoc for organising tasting events and to all the other Sauternes growers for providing us with some wonderful samples. As well as tasting the wines ourselves we’ve put them in front of journalists and wine merchants from all around the world and everywhere they have been tasted they have brought a smile to people’s faces.
Before I finally get down to capturing my thoughts on the wines on video here are some videos Steve took at La Lagune where the Sauternais were exhibiting their wines as part of the Union de Grands Crus tastings. It’s a great chateau and a wonderful place to taste. There is, however, a small touch of irony in the location as La Lagune was one of a few red chateaux that decided not to present a wine this year, presumably not least because of the effect of botrytis on their Merlot grapes – the same botrytis that has produced such wonderfully fresh Sauternes in 2013.
Its all smiles though in Sauternes – as these sample videos from happy growers show. Enjoy! Bill Blatch
Tags: Chateau Coutet, Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau, Chateau La Tour Blanche, Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Chateau Rieussec, Chateau Sigalas-Rabaud, Clos Haut-Peyraguey