Archive for the ‘2016 Sauternes’ Category

2016 Sauternes Snapshot Videos

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The 2016 Sauternes vintage is the third in a trio of excellent vintages. Please take time to watch the short videos below that explain why 2016 Sauternes are so fine and pure and to learn how your favourite chateau performed, with great audio that you can hear if you get good speakers, and you can get the best one from this z623 review.

Vintage summary and unclassified Sauternes: Please excuse the noise of our lakeside waterfall in the background – just turn the volume up and use it as a relaxation video at the same time!

Second Growths: From Filhot in Sauternes in the South to Broustet in Barsac in the North the Second Growths produced excellent wines across the length and breadth of the region – Bravo!

First Growths: 2016 Sauternes are fresh in style but also have great concentration – the First Growths are varied in style but all are showing signs of greatness.

Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2016 Sauternes Trois Fois

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Not content with tasting the the 2016 Sauternes on Friday we tasted them again on Saturday at our luxurious lakeside lodge. We were joined by journalists and wine buyers from around the world – thanks to Chip Delsener for the photo below, Steve’s father Derek for some superb Bar-B-Q sausages, Nico McGough for bringing some excellent blood sausages to add to the selection and to the Sauternais for providing some excellent older wines to drink with them. If you haven’t tried Sauternes with sausages then you haven’t lived!

And we tasted again all day Sunday with more journalists and wine buyers from around the world at the Vintex tasting at Le Lac de Bordeaux  – thank you Philippe and the Vintex team.

As a result we now have a good idea of what the vintage is like and it is goods news at all levels and for all pockets. We will shoot some vintage summary videos covering all the wines and put them up here as soon as we can. Don’t miss them! Bill Blatch

2016 Sauternes – First Day

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Our first day of the En Primeur tasting season started with most of the top 2016 Sauternes at Chateau Guiraud – thank you to our old friend Xavier Planty, Clemence and Mathilde for organising the wines.

The exceptions were d’Yquem and Climens which we then tasted at the chateau, Climens from the barrels as they, as usual, have not yet blended the wine. We ended the day at Chateau Filhot – thank you to Gabriel and Amicie for your hospitality.













During the day we were treated to two superb vertical tastings at Guiraud and Filhot – it is important after all to put the current vintage into context!  Tasting videos for the 2016s will follow soon – watch out for them during the week ahead!  Bill Blatch

Guiraud 2016 Early Release

Monday, March 27th, 2017

In an unusual move Ch Guiraud has released its 2016 vintage before En Primeur tastings start next week. The price ex-Negociant remains the same as far back as in 2010 making it excellent value as long as the wine is as good we think it will be.

Here is a link to Bill Blatch’s general 2016 vintage report for those of you interested in how things are shaping up. For Sauternes we have high hopes!

Having been quiet for the 2015 vintage, when we were busy with other work, Bordeaux Gold will be reporting on Sauternes for you throughout the 2016 En Primeur season and beyond. We won’t, however, be selling direct as before – we just do not have the time to be online wine merchants alongside our other commitments. If you have any Sauternes enquiries or requests for information just email Steve at and we will do our best to help.

We anticipate some Sauternes chateaux will follow Guiraud’s lead and release early this year, perhaps even during the En Primeur tastings next week. Keep you eyes open for our tasting notes and videos over the next few weeks and offers from reputable wine merchants such as The Wine Society.

Bill Blatch and Steve Webb

2009 En Primeur prices - Sauternes looking good value