Archive for the ‘Barsac’ Category

Bill Blatch v Keith Floyd?

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Some people have commented that Bill’s videos remind them of the late, great TV chef Keith Floyd! Both Bill and I, like millions of others, certainly enjoyed his eccentric, occasionally shambolic presentation style and Bill always seems to have a glass of wine on hand when he’s cooking. Take a look at Floyd on Sauternes below and let us know what you think:

I’ll say one thing – he had impeccable taste! Are there are any current TV chefs out there who would like to champion the Sauternes cause? Steve Webb & Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes Harvest News

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Lots of videos and news below on the 2010 Sauternes harvest.  I start with Chateau Coutet and an interview with their talented new young winemaker, Laurier Girardot.

After that just click on the link above or below the video for news from Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Chateau Suduiraut, Domaine de l’Alliance and Chateau Climens.  Every video gives a slightly different take on what appears to be another great vintage and undoubtedly one to watch.

More 2010 Sauternes Harvest Videos here

More 2010 Sauternes Harvest Videos here

2010 Sauternes Harvest – Chateau Coutet Reports

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I’m still in Florida but the good news from Sauternes is that the harvest is now well under way in good conditions. Aline Baly at Chateau Coutet just sent us some photos and this bang-up-to-date report on the harvest progression:

Friday morning was our first tries in the parcels of Chateau Coutet. The morning was very fruitful, with ripen grapes beautifully concentrated (in terms of sugar but also aromas) by the botrytis cinerea. The afternoon rounds clearly communicated to us that we were in need of some humidity — the grapes are gold but still waiting for the fungus to take hold. The weekend weather did not deliver the forecasted rain — we had to wait until Monday. Tuesday morning I was greeted by the sun, a perfect counterpart to the previous day’s humidity. Today is Wednesday and we are again lucky to enjoy the sun and warmer temperatures. The team of 70 pickers are out combing the parcels for the precious Noble Rot.

Chateau Coutet is situated right in the middle of Barsac, producing stunning 1er Grand Cru Classe Sauternes.

2010 Sauternes First Harvest Videos

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

On a brief visit to some Sauternes vineyards in between trips to the States I managed to catch up with progress at Broustet, Climens, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Guiraud and Raymond Lafon.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to visit more properties but we will do our best to get round as many as we can during the 2010 Sauternes harvest.

Take a peek at this first video of Didier Laulan and his nephew Guillaume Forcade talking in the vineyards of Chateau Broustet in Barsac below and then click on the link below the video to see the next video in the series (there are six short wine videos in total).

Click Here for 2010 Chateau Climens First Picking

The videos, when combined, will give you a good insight into Sauternes 2010 vintage.  The grapes are ripe and Botrytis is beginning to form across the vineyards.  A little rain followed by warmer weather and some humidity would be ideal and could lead to another great vintage but too much rain or continued cold weather could dampen enthusiasm.  Let’s hope for the best!  Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes First Harvest Videos