Archive for the ‘2009 Sauternes’ Category

2009 Sauternes Tasting From Bottle – Part 4

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Finally, the remaining First Growth 2009 Sauternes including Rieussec, Suduiraut and Yquem!  Does the Yquem shine – watch the video below to find out.

One thing is clear about this vintage – there is fantastic quality across all price brackets.  The wines will bring great pleasure for many years to come but I suspect that pretty soon supplies of the best wines will begin to become a little scarce.  For all the stock we hold just click on this link!

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Tasting From Bottle – Part 3

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Now onto some First Growth 2009 Sauternes!

Some other tasting results from the Southwold tasting are filtering through.  For Jancis Robinson’s full tasting notes (subscription required) click here.  The overall opinion was:

The sweet whites on the other hand were lovely, some of the best wines we tasted in Southwold. The wines were very charming indeed and had quite enough acidity. Blatch, a big sweet white bordeaux fan, puts 2009 ahead of 2005. We found the quality generally very high. 

We have half bottles of the de Fargues (18.5pts from Jancis) and the Rabaud-Promis (17pts) available for immediate delivery in the UK – just click on this link!

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Tasting From Bottle – Part 2

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Another tasting video from the sensational 2009 Sauternes vintage below – this time some Barsac second growths.

They include the sweetest wine of the vintage at a phenomenal 185g/litre of residual sugar, Chateau Nairacand the great value Chateau Doisy-Vedrines.  We have bottles of the Nairac and halves of the Doisy-Vedrines available for immediate delivery in the UK – just click on the links!

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Tasting From Bottle – Part 1

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Welcome back to the wonderful 2009 Sauternes vintage.

I’ve just finished tasting all the major Bordeaux wines from 2009 at the legendary annual Southwold tasting – reds and dry whites as well.  The best Sauternes stole the show with only the top Pomerols and Pauillacs keeping them company.

Below is a video summary of the vintage and reports on of some unclassified and Second Growth wines – this really was a vintage in which everyone had a chance to create top quality wines and these represent fantastic value.  If you haven’t yet got any in your cellar then do take a look at our full list here – 2009 Sauternes

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2009 Lamothe Guignard, Pike and Oysters

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

More 2009 Sauternes by the river bank – the is time 2009 Château Lamothe-Guignard.  

This serves as an aperitif to a series of four videos coming up in which I will revisit the 2009 vintage from bottle.  If you’re interested to know how this fantastic vintage is shaping up then watch out for these over the next few days.  If you’ve bought some from us En Primeur the chances are we will be able to give you an update on how your wine is coming along.

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes by the Riverside

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Sometimes even I think opening a bottle of Sauternes can be a bit daunting.  It’s somehow easier to open a bottle of red for lunch or to take some dry white along on a picnic.  It really shouldn’t be like that though as this clip shows – you can drink Sauternes anywhere and at any time.

On Friday Steve and I were enjoying a day’s fishing, trying our best to relieve a chalk stream of some unwanted pike.  An unsuccessful morning meant lunch and a glass of wine or two was much needed.  I had a selection of red and white Bordeaux in my car boot but, as many of you will have recently taken delivery of your 2009 Sauternes it seemed a good idea to try some Chateau Climens and Chateau Guiraud alongside our sandwiches just let you know how they are tasting.

It’s something that I should do more often and I’d encourage anyone to do the same – Sauternes can help to make the most of the most mundane meal or occasion and always puts a smile on my face.

We never did catch any pike but the river keeper very kindly provided us with some crayfish for our efforts which we had for supper – more about that later.  Steve thinks that the clip below might explain why the fish weren’t biting!  Bill Blatch

Retasting the 2009 Sauternes vintage

Monday, October 31st, 2011

I was interested to read Jancis Robinson’s recent reports following the Union des Grand Crus tasting of the 2009 vintage.  Her new Sauternes scores are substantially higher, a fact that she puts possibly down to tasting the wines after the reds compared to tasting them on their own en primeur.  She was not alone, however, in singing the praises of Sauternes with many tasters moved to ‘tweeting’ about them on the day.

For my part I don’t think it matters much when these wines are tasted – they are simply superb!  We will retaste properly next April after they have had a while in bottle and just prior to shipping.  In the meantime here is what Jancis had to say about a few of the wines we still have a small stock of at original prices – just click on a link for more information or to buy:

2009 Bastor-Lamontagne – 16 pts Drink 2013-2020 (15.5 pts En Primeur)
Light and barley sugar with a streak of lime. Attractive! (Specially after all that dry red…) Pears but not the most concentrated, but one of the most alluring Bastor-Lamontagnes I can remember, even if it lacks the subtlety of its grander peers.

2009 de Fargues – 18.5 pts Drink 2012-2040 (17.5 pts En Primeur)
Very complex nose. Tense and butterscotch. Big and bold and so exciting and subtle. Already delivering lots of interest! I could enjoy this tonight!

2009 de Rayne Vigneau – 17 pts Drink 2016-2030 (16 pts En Primeur)
Thick and sticky and very sweet and almost oily. Fresh and floral and delivers lots of (relatively simple) pleasure. Barley sugar. A little chewy on the end.

2009 Doisy-Vedrines – 16 pts Drink 2015-2022 (15.5 pts En Primeur)
A little sugary. I could do with more acidity and depth. Chewy. Pretty simple.

2009 Nairac – 17 pts Drink 2016-2028 (18 pts En Primeur)
Just slightly mousy on the nose. Lime syrup. Certainly fun but not as noble as some of the others.

2009 En Primeur Sauternes Review

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Here’s a final review of the 2009 Sauternes vintage.  In the video below I talk about the En Primeur campaign and identify our top five best buys of the vintage.  Some of these are still available at original prices at:

2009 Sauternes Case Prices

We’ve also filmed individual chateaux reviews – just click on the link below to see them all.  They are especially interesting viewing if you have already bought some of these sensational wines.

2009 Sauternes Chateaux Videos Reviews

2009 Sauternes En Primeur – Final Thoughts

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Well it is all over now bar the shouting but something tells me that people will be talking about the 2009 En Primeur campaign for some time with quality and prices the main discussion points.

Certainly the quality is remarkable, particularly so in Sauternes where many growers cannot remember such perfect conditions. Many have compared the 2009s to the great vintages of the past such as 2001, 1989, 1875, 1959, 1947, 1929 and even 1921. I don’t think I have ever seen such consistency with all the top chateaux in fine form and many of the lesser properties producing wines of First Growth quality.

Given the quality, prices in Sauternes have been generally reasonable with some outstanding value including Raymond Lafon (13.6% down on 2008 and 2007), Climens (13% down on 2007), de Malle (4% down on 2007 and the same price as in 2008) and Doisy Daene (only 10% up on 2008 and 2007 for a 98 point Wine Advocate scoring effort). There were some above average price increases which shocked a few people but on the whole rises have been well below those in the red wine appellations – the Sauternes average price increase was under 25% on 2008 prices compared to over 70% for Pauillac!

As usual time and the market will tell whether prices are fair and sustainable but we have no doubt that there are some oustanding Sauternes in 2009 at reasonable prices. We still have stock of some of the top wines at:

2009 Sauternes Case Prices

Our attention now is turning towards finding some fine Sauternes of drinking age in the run up to Christmas.  We plan to make a couple of offers of older wines that we have discovered lying in Bordeaux at attractive prices.  Make sure you are on our mailing list by registering to receive my 2009 Sauternes Tasting Notes and Vintage Report at the top right hand side of this page.   Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes En Primeur Mixed Cases – Update

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Well as you can see from the post below the last remaining broken cases are fast disappearing!

We have had yet another helpful suggestion from our customers which hopefully will make it even easier for some people to get their hands on a selection of these fabulous wines.  For the last remaining bottles and half bottles we will accept orders for HALF CASES for the 2009 Sauternes En Primeur Mixed Cases – to order 6 bottles or 12 halves of the wines of your choice just click on the link below:

2009 Sauternes Price List – Mixed Cases

There are only enough 75cl bottles left for three half cases but the remaining choice is good – Climens, Doisy Daene, de Myrat, Nairac and Raymond Lafon!

The choice is wider with half bottles with enough there for ten half cases if you are quick. 

At the top end there are small amounts of de Fargues, Coutet, Guiraud, La Tour Blanche (SOLD OUT), Nairac, Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, de Rayne-Vigneau, Rabaud-Promis and Raymond Lafon (SOLD OUT). 

In the good value drinking early spectrum we still have some remaining Doisy-Vedrines, Cantegril (from Denis Dubourdieu), Lamothe-Guignard, de Malle, Broustet, Bastor-Lamontagne, d’Arche (SOLD OUT), La Clotte-Cazalis, Filhot (SOLD OUT) and Partarrieu (SOLD OUT).

We hope you get the wines you want.  Bill Blatch

NB We are not increasing our bottle prices for half cases but please remember that storage and delivery charges will be proportionally higher when the wines are delivered in 2012 (i.e. it will cost the same amount to deliver or store a half case as it will a full case).

2009 Sauternes Vintage Report