Archive for the ‘2008 Sauternes’ Category

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

Jancis Robinson publishes 2009 Sauternes tasting notes

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Jancis Robinson MW has joined the praise for the 2009 Sauternes vintage and published her tasting notes  in her Purple Pages at  We are grateful again for a mention of this site – thank you!  Snippets from the notes I found particularly pleasing amongst many were:

Climens – Great blend of richness, raciness and life. This should be very special indeed and I may be under-scoring it.  18.5+ points

Doisy Daene – Very big and bold, like pear juice fermented by a wizard. Lovely stuff.  18 points

Guiraud – I failed to spit this one – always a good sign. Very long and a good combination of structure, acidity and very ripe fruit.  18 points

Raymond Lafon – Great stuff! Unspittable, dried apricots (though so much richer than a Tokaji) and great acidity.  19 points

Suduiraut – Big and rich and bold and overwhelming almost. A bit of spice and so much sugar!  18.5 points

Don’t forget to compare her comments to mine!  To get a copy of my full notes just enter your name and email at the top right hand corner of this screen.  Bill Blatch

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