Archive for the ‘2010 Sauternes’ Category

2010 Chateau d’Yquem

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The final piece of the 2010 Sauternes jigsaw is released today – Chateau d’Yquem!  I must say I like the style of the  2010 and it’s similarities with the sensational 1988.

The price, for d’Yquem, is reasonable too – I am delighted that they appear to have followed the lead of the other Sauternais by reducing their price (by some 22%) rather than following the 1st growth red wines which they have done in the past.  As predicted here and elsewhere it looks like Yquem is set to become the next big thing in China so this might be a good opportunity to secure a first class example of the very best Sauternes can offer at at this price level.

2010 Chateau d’Yquem – Case (bottles) at £4,911

2010 Chateau d’Yquem – Case (halves) at £4,927

2010 Chateau d’Yquem – Half Bottle at £206.04

If you are interested in part cases of 2010 Chateau d’Yquem (e.g. 6 Bottles or even 6 Half Bottles) do email us and we will quote.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes Slips Under the Radar

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Well it isn’t all over until the fat lady sings but most of the audience has left already!  As I write the Medoc 1st Growths, the Super 2nds and the the top Right Bank chateaux are finally releasing their wines onto the market after what has been one of the most criticised and extraordinary En Primeur campaigns.  It has been one of the longest campaigns ever with long lulls followed by intense spurts of activity, not to mention the record prices (for the red wines).

The ‘Embarrasingly Good Vintage that I wrote about in my 2010 Vintage Report has been followed by an ‘Embarrassingly Poor En Primeur Campaign’!

In Sauternes we only await the price for Chateau d’Yquem, which will probably follow those for the 1st Growths Reds.

Sauternes and Barsac have, yet again, suffered in the confusion!  These are amongst the very best wines in the world (see Sauternes – the Best Bordeaux Wine) and yet they are selling for a fraction of the price of the top red wines (see Sauternes – Best Value in Bordeaux).  Despite having the only reasonable pricing policy in Bordeaux the attention has been firmly on the red wines and Sauternes sales have been affected – the apathetic reaction to some of the red wine pricing seems to have rubbed off.

This is such a shame as the wines themselves deserve much, much better.  2010 in Sauternes, and especially Barsac, is utterly irresistible and gets better every time I taste it.  I urge you to take another look at my 2010 Tasting Notes and if you’ve been put off buying reds this year, focus on Sauternes instead!  All the prices are here:

Cases Prices – Bottles or Half Bottles

Individual Bottle or Half Bottle Prices

Out of interest our Top 10 best selling 2010 wines are as follows:

  1. Ch Raymond Lafon – top for the 2nd year running with fantastic quality at a ultra-reasonable price
  2. Ch Doisy-Vedrines – a big success in 2010
  3. Ch de Myrat – another great value Barsac doing well
  4. Ch Doisy Daene – completing a trio of Barsac wines at reasonable prices
  5. Ch Suduiraut – fantastic quality, one of the wines of the vintage
  6. Ch Coutet – a much more reasonable price in 2010
  7. Ch Guiraud – another high quality wine
  8. Domaine de L’Alliance – we are delighted that this wine is attracting an enthusiastic following
  9. Ch Climens – possibly the wine of the vintage
  10. Ch La Tour Blanche – again a top quality wine

There is a great mix of value and quality in this list – why not put together a mixed case with some or all of these wines included?  Bill Blatch

2010 Chateau Latrezotte

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Bernard Magrez, of Pape Clement, La Tour Carnet and Fombrauge fame and French wine producer of the year in 2009, has finally given us a price for his delightful Barsac property, Chateau Latrezotte.  Delightfully placed on the same plateau that includes the Climens and Doisy vineyards, this property produces increasingly excellent Sauternes as Bernard improves the vinification.

He waited for 18 years to buy the vineyard and has wasted no time in installing the very best equipment and processes, aiming to produce a light, airy and ethereal Sauternes.  This style is totally suited to the 2010 vintage but there is some weight there too.  Bill Blatch

Chateau Latrezotte – Tasting Notes and Video

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2010 Climens Released

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Ch Climens has released today at the same price as in 2009 – Bravo Berenice!  On the same day Ch Leoville-Barton released at the same price (up 15.2% on 2009) and Ch Smith-Haut-Lafitte at 5 Euros more Ex-Chateau (up 48.1% on 2009) – both these wines are very good but frankly not quite in the same league as Climens.  I have said it many times now but there is real value in Sauternes in 2010!

2010 Climens (12 x 75cl) – £839
2010 Climens (24 x 37.5cl) – £847
2010 Climens (1 x 75cl) – £70.92
2010 Climens (1 x 37.5cl) – £36.04

That value is across the whole spectrum from Climens at the top to humbler wines such as Domaine de L’Alliance.  2010 Sauternes is a vintage of consistent high quality that has been priced realistically.  Bill Blatch

2010 Bordeaux Prices

Friday, June 10th, 2011

A word on 2010 Bordeaux prices – the like of which I have never seen in my 30 odd years working in Bordeaux.

Red wine prices are increasing this year at anywhere between zero and 40% (with only Sociando-Mallet going down on 2009).  For a vintage which, while undoubtedly great in parts, is less ‘obviously’ attractive this, at first sight seems insane.  The market is not, however, driven solely by sentiment or indeed the quality of the wine (although this obviously plays a big part).

The new Far Eastern markets are effectively driving prices upwards with many negociants in Bordeaux selling up to half their allocations to China and Hong Kong.  The best article I have seen that explains this in detail is by Jane Anson at Bordeaux and China.  As Jane says these markets have been growing since 2000 for the red wines and it seems like there may still be room for more growth.

For Sauternes things are a little different as it only became legal in September last year to import sweet wines into China (see Decanter article Sauternes legal for the Chinese market).  Ch d’Yquem, Ch Guiraud and others are investing heavily in marketing and distribution to these markets and I expect prices for future vintages to rise.

For now though Sauternes is the best value in Bordeaux by some distance (see my recent articles at Sauternes – Best Value in Bordeaux and Sauternes – the Best Bordeaux Wine).  For those of you who haven’t taken advantage of this yet then do take another look at my 2010 Sauternes Tasting Notes and visit our Online Store.

For those of you who are interested in 2010 Red Bordeaux we do have stock of a few select wines – just email Steve at and he will advise you on what is available.

As for the future – who can tell?  We are in uncharted territory but that has been the case before following the 1982, 1989/1990, 2000, 2005 and 2009 vintages.  Essentially production of the top wines is limited and more and more people worldwide are interested in buying them (there are still large untapped markets beyond China such as Brazil and India waiting in the wings).

Prices do seem crazy but we are talking about luxury goods now and just as a supercar costs 200 times as much as a family saloon it shouldn’t really be surprising that the top wines are selling at 200 times the price of an average bottle from your local supermarket.  Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes Tasting Notes

Monday, May 30th, 2011

I find writing tasting notes incredibly difficult.  Words seem so inadequate for purveying all the sensations that can be found in a glass of good Sauternes.  Steve called for these notes 3 weeks ago, and I kept writing them and ripping them up.  It was somehow so difficult to encapsulate this exquisite vintage.

I still feel my remarks are inadequate but post them now in the hope they are meaningful and useful.  All the notes are now in one place and in alphabetical order so it is easy to compare the wines.

2010 Sauternes Tasting Notes

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes – the Eurovision Chart!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Following the Eurovision Song Contest (and popular demand) we couldn’t resist one more Top 40 Chart!

Taken into account are a host of new scores from France (Revue du Vin de France, Professor Bernard Burtschy, Jacques Dupont, Jacques Perrin & Antoon Laurent), Izak Litwar’s scores from Denmark and, to make things truly European, the scores from the Grand Jury Europeen founded by Francois Mauss.

For tasting notes and scores just click on the links or on the large blue box at the top right of your screen.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

1.  L’Extravagant de Doisy Daene (-) – No changes across the top 5 wines but it was very close for No.1! RELEASED – £797 (6 x halves)
2.  d’Yquem (-) – RELEASED – £4,911/£4,927 (12 x bottles/24 x halves)
3.  Climens RELEASED – £839/£847
4.  Suduiraut (-1) – RELEASED – £562/£578
5.  Coutet (-) – RELEASED – £528/£544
6.  Guiraud (+1) – Moving back up the chart!  RELEASED – £349/£365
7=. Doisy Daene (+2) – Up for the second week running! RELEASED – £308/£324
7=. Raymond Lafon (+5) – Up 5 places again!  RELEASED – £292/£308
9.  Rieussec (-3) – A slight faller! RELEASED – £556/£572
10.  La Tour Blanche (-2) – Down 2 places!  RELEASED – £441/£457
11.  Doisy-Vedrines (-) – A non-mover! RELEASED – £234/£250
12.  de Fargues (+5) – Moving up to where it belongs! RELEASED – £900/£916
13.  Lafaurie-Peyraguey (-3) – Out of the top 10 – just!  RELEASED – £338/£354
14.  Nairac (-1) – A slight faller! RELEASED – £384/£400
15.  Rabaud-Promis (+1) – Still moving up slowly!
16.  Clos Haut-Peyraguey (-1) – Falling one place! RELEASED – £344/£360
17. Sigalas Rabaud (+1) – Good top 20 position! RELEASED – £349/£365
18.  de Rayne Vigneau (-5) – Moving down the charts! – RELEASED – £322/£338
19.  de Myrat (-) – A non-mover! RELEASED – £219/£235
20.  de Malle (+5) – Well deserved big move!  RELEASED – £232/£248
21.  Bastor-Lamontagne (+7) – Now just outside the top 20!  RELEASED – £164/£180
22=. Haut-Bergeron (-2) – A slight fall after last week’s big rise!
22=. Caillou (-) – A non-mover this week!
24.  Filhot (-1) – A slight faller!  RELEASED – £177/£193
25.  d’Arche (-4) – A surprise faller this week!  RELEASED – £210/£226
26.  Broustet (-2) – A slight fall but a great price!  RELEASED – £143/£159
27.  Lamothe Guignard (+5) – Back into the top 30!  RELEASED – £168/£184
28=. Cantegril (+1) – Moving up slightly! RELEASED – £157/£173
28=. de Veyres (+2) – More progress up the chart!   RELEASED – £137/£153
30.  Romer du Hayot (+4) – Bouncing back after a fall!  RELEASED – £140/£156
31=. Lamothe Despujols (-4) – A faller this week! RELEASED – £175/£191
31=. Domaine de L’Alliance (+2) – Another move up the chart! RELEASED – £74
31=. La Clotte-Cazalis (+6) = A deserved big move! RELEASED – £169/£185
34.  Romer (+2) – Up 2 places!
35.  Les Justices (-9) – The biggest faller this week!
36.  Suau (-1) – A slight faller!
37.  Tuyttens (-7) – Another big faller!
38.  Liot (-) – The first of 3 non-movers!  RELEASED – £140/£156
39.  Saint-Marc (-) – No move here!  RELEASED – £125/£141
40.  Partarrieu (-) – Still in the top 40! RELEASED – £117/£133

2010 Raymond-Lafon – better than 2009?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Last year the 2009 Ramond-Lafon was a must buy wine.  The price attracted the attention of pretty much everybody and it was our best selling wine by a country mile.  What about this year?

Well, Jean-Pierre Meslier is convinced that his 2010 is even better and we agree.  Last Friday I re-tasted all the 2010 Sauternes and it was in my Top 3 wines.  Always a man of principle, for which I greatly admire him, Jean-Pierre has put his price up a little from 2009 where others are staying at the same price or going lower.  The 2010 Raymond-Lafon is still, however, probably the best buy at the top end of this vintage and is only £9 per case more expensive than last year.  All the details are below.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2010 Chateau Raymond-Lafon

2010 Suduiraut – Best Priced Sauternes yet!

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Well the price this afternoon for Suduiraut has confirmed it for me.  The chateau price is down 10% meaning that we can sell it for over £100 per case cheaper than the 2009!  This is the best value of the vintage so far!

2010 Suduiraut

Compare this to Chateau Gazin which also opened this afternoon and which went up by around 7% to almost the same price ex-chateau and it is clear where the most sensible pricing is happening – Sauternes!  Good though Gazin is I couldn’t possibly recommend to anyone purchasing a 93-95 point 2010 Pomerol over the majesty that is the 94-96 point 2010 Suduiraut!  Bill Blatch

Great 2010 Guiraud Released

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Three more 2010 Sauternes to tell you about today.  A significant price reduction of nearly 12% on the great 2010 Guiraud to make it the same price as the 2010  Sigalas Rabaud released at the end of last week.  Also out is the excellent 2010 de Malle.  All three of these wines have styles that really suit the 2010 vintage and come highly recommended – click on the wine names to find out more or on either the red or blue boxes on the right-hand side of this page.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

Chateau Guiraud – 12% price reduction on 2009 to under £350/case
Chateau Sigalas Rabaud – 6% down on 2009
Chateau de Malle – 6% down again to just over £20/bottle or £10/half

2010 Sauternes First Harvest Videos