Archive for the ‘2007 Sauternes’ Category

2007 Sauternes revisited

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

I spoke about the 2007 Sauternes during the 2009 Primeur campaign as we tasted both vintages alongside each other. With hindsight that was a little unfair as most of the 2007s had only just been bottled. It was clear then that they were beautiful wines but, put alongside the ebullient style of the 2009s, they were overshadowed a little.

How things can change in just under a year! Last month I revisited all the 2007 Bordeaux wines, red, dry white and Sauternes/Barsac alongside a number of top journalists and wine merchants at Southwold. This is an annual event that has been going on now for more years than I care to remember.

Collectively we agreed that the 2007 Sauternes and Barsac wines represented the best ‘flight’ of wines that we could remember tasting, superior to the reds from 2005 and on a par with the 2001 Sauternes but more consistent. I kept a few bottles to share with Steve and we shot this video covering the best of the wines.

We are looking at what stock there is available in Bordeaux of these wines and hope to make some available later this month – watch this space. Bill Blatch

Christmas Sauternes with FREE UK delivery

Monday, November 29th, 2010

You will have to move super fast on this offer!

We have very limited stock at fantastic prices of some great Christmas Sauternes available by the bottle with FREE delivery to all UK mainland addresses (order by 12th December for Christmas delivery).  The link to our new online store and the offer is here:

Bordeaux Gold Christmas Sauternes Offer

We’ve done the offer by the bottle (or half bottle) so you can treat either yourself or your friends and family to the ultimate Christmas luxury.  You can also order more than one bottle because Sauternes is great with roast Turkey, Christmas pudding, mince pies, Christmas cheeses, Boxing Day leftovers and a wide range of seasonal snacks.

Here are some videos about the wines which are from the 2004, 2006 (yes that is Bill in a hammock) and 2007 vintages:

All of the wines have an extra US strip label as they were originally destined for US sale (but never distributed).  They have been shipped to the UK in refrigerated containers and are in perfect condition.  Please contact Steve via if you have any questions (e.g. shipping to non-UK mainland addresses).

Chateau Climens 2009 as shown to the wine trade

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

 For certain events, such as this presentation of the 2009 Chateau Climens to the Bordeaux Wine Trade, you will catch me in a suit!  Well as Berenice Lurton graciously treated us to some sumptuous older vintages as well as another look round the barrels at the 2009 it seemed appropriate, certainly the 90 year old 1920 Climens deserved respect!  Tasting a Barsac wine this old is a rare event even for me and the other Bordeaux negociants and courtiers in this video.  We were all struggling for words to describe the flavours!

Other vintages tasted were the 2008, 2007 (100 Wine Advocate points), 2006, 2005, 2004, 2000 and 1990 (the last two from magnificent double magnums.  Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes… and finally Chateau d’Yquem!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

At Chateau d’Yquem we had a private tasting with Technical Manager, Francis Mayeur. He also showed us the 2007 Ygrec (their dry white wine) and the 2007 d’Yquem for comparison. The conclusion (helped by Francis’s charts) was that, where 2007 was a case of ‘great botrytis on good grapes’, in 2009 Sauternes experienced ‘great botrytis on great grapes’. That just about says in all – expect a doubly great d’Yquem!

I’m going to pause for breath now for a little bit but don’t forget to sign up for my full tasting notes at the top right hand corner of the page, especially if you are interested in buying Sauternes and Barsac wines in the 2009 En Primeur campaign (expected any time after Easter). Bill Blatch

2007 Sauternes tasting – First Growth Chateaux (2 of 2)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Second of two videos from the 2007 and 2009 Sauternes and Barsac tasting at Chateau de Fargues covering the last seven out of thirteen 2007 First Growth wines (scroll down for the first video which includes Climens). Yes we know Raymond-Lafon isn’t technically a First growth but we sort of think of it as one.

Other Chateaux in this flight of wines are Clos Haut-Peyraguey, La Tour-Blanche, Rabaud-Promis, Rieussec, Sigalas-Rabaud and Suduiraut. Bill Blatch

2007 Sauternes tasting – First Growth Chateaux (1 of 2)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Third video from the mammoth 2007 and 2009 Sauternes and Barsac tasting at Chateau de Fargues. This covers the first six out of thirteen 2007 First Growth wines including the highly rated Chateau Climens.

Other Chateaux in this flight of wines are Coutet, de Fargues, de Rayne-Vigneau, Guiraud and Lafaurie-Peyraguey. Bill Blatch

2007 Sauternes tasting of Second Growth Chateaux

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Second video from the mammoth 2007 and 2009 Sauternes and Barsac tasting at Chateau de Fargues. This covers nine 2007 Second Growth wines, with at least one property producing First Growth quality wine.

Chateaux tasted were Broustet, d’Arche, de Malle, de Myrat, Doisy Daene, Doisy-Vedrines, Filhot, Lamothe-Guignard and Nairac. Bill Blatch

2007 Sauternes tasting of unclassified wines

Monday, March 29th, 2010

First video from the mammoth 2007 and 2009 Sauternes and Barsac tasting at Chateau de Fargues. We start with eleven 2007 unclassified wines, some of which are producing classed growth quality wines.

Chateau tasted were: Bastor-Lamontagne, Cantegril, de Veyres, La Clotte-Cazalis, Lamourette, Latrezotte, Les Justices, Liot, Mauras, Tuyttens and Domaine de l’Alliance.

2009 Sauternes – Château La Clotte-Cazalis (with 2008 and 2007 as well)

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

A small verticle tasting of the little known Château La Clotte-Cazalis from Barsac with winemaker and oenologist Marie-Pierre Lacoste. The old vines at this property help give the wine its complex character which really shows through in these three vintages.

That’s it for Barsac barrel tastings – apologies to the châteaux we didn’t get round to filming including Broustet, Caillou, Doisy-Dubroca, de Myrat and Suau. Next up some stunning Sauternes wines including Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Domaine de l’Alliance, Guiraud, Rabaud-Promis, de Rayne-Vigneau, Rieussec and Sigalas-Rabaud. Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes – Château Nairac (with 2008, 2007 and 2006 as well)

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

A long but utterly fascinating verticle tasting of Château Nairac, Barsac with the co-owner, Nicolas Heeter-Tari, covering the 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 vintages. The elegance and purity of these wines reflects the care and precision taken by Nicolas and his team – one look at the tasting table here and you know that you are in for a treat!

Final Barsac wine tastings to follow are Château Liot and a real find, Château La Clotte-Cazalis. Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Report 2 - February 2010