Unlike in Barsac making top quality 2012 Sauternes was far from easy, especially in the heart of the area focused around Yquem. Yquem decided not to declare their vintage, as did Rieussec, Suduiraut and Raymond Lafon. La Tour Blanche have produced a wonderful wine with strict selection but there are only 24 barrels, the same amount as at Guiraud, and de Fargues have only made 10 barrels!
Getting your hands on good quality and good value First Growth Sauternes has never been more tricky but the two Peyragueys, Clos Haut-Peyraguey (note the innovative pack size – very useful) and Lafaurie-Peyraguey have both released at very reasonable prices (just click HERE for all details) and, despite cripplingly small quantities again, we do have small amounts available.
Clos Haut-Peyraguey has just been taken over by Bernard Magrez of Pape Clément, La Tour Carnet and Fombrauge fame. He has great plans for the estate and has sensibly retained (and promoted) our good friend Anthony Defives. For my thoughts on Anthony’s first élévage take a look at this video clip:
Meanwhile across the road Eric Larramona and his team have, like others, selected drastically with only 2 or 3 lots being regarded as good enough for the Grand Vin. Here are my thoughts:
All the 2012 wines can be found by clicking – HERE! Enjoy! Bill Blatch