Archive for the ‘Chateau Filhot’ Category

2010 Sauternes at Suduiraut,
Filhot and Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The good news is that the 2010 Sauternes vintage looks every bit as exciting, but different, to the exceptional 2009.  The videos below were shot just before New Year in the vineyards of Chateau Suduiraut and in the cellars of Chateau Filhot with owner Gabriel de Vaucelles and Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey with manager Eric Larramona.  I had intended to taste a few wines just to see how they were coming along but it had been cold for so long (an unheard of 16 days of frost during December) that the exercise was pointless.  I will return in a couple of weeks time to see how they are getting along.  What I did capture were some fascinating opinions and comparisons between what are shaping up to be two great Sauternes vintages. Bill Blatch

Sauternes, Oysters and Sausages

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Here’s another two little videos I filmed after the ‘oak’ video (see previous post below).

I was curious to see how the ‘oaked’ and ‘unoaked’ wines would go with my homespun supper of fresh oysters from the Sunday market in Bordeaux and some sizzling sausages!

In case you think we’re a little crazy not showing you a video of Sauternes with Foie Gras or Roquefort here’s a picture of a large tray of oysters in the tasting room at Chateau d’Yquem – slightly more elegant than me eating them out of the carrier bag but proof that the Sauternais themselves think the same way!  The point is that, whilst the classic combinations are good, there are many others to try – Sauternes is the most versatile of wines for accompanying food.

2009 Sauternes – Second Growths (2 of 2)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Now it is the turn of Doisy-Vedrines, Filhot, Lamothe, Lamothe-Guignard and Nairac to show off in front of the flip cam.


Next up are the First Growths! At this stage I can definitely say that there is more to the 2009 Sauternes and Barsac wines than the 2007s, certainly in terms of sweetness, up front fruit flavours and overall consistency. The 2007s are great wines that may be a little shy at this stage having just been bottled, something that definitely can’t be said of the big and bold 2009s. Bill Blatch

2007 Sauternes tasting of Second Growth Chateaux

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Second video from the mammoth 2007 and 2009 Sauternes and Barsac tasting at Chateau de Fargues. This covers nine 2007 Second Growth wines, with at least one property producing First Growth quality wine.


Chateaux tasted were Broustet, d’Arche, de Malle, de Myrat, Doisy Daene, Doisy-Vedrines, Filhot, Lamothe-Guignard and Nairac. Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Trade Tasting – a glimpse behind the scenes

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

A rare glimpse behind the scenes at the first 2009 Bordeaux trade tasting including the fabulous Sauternes and Barsac wines. All the courtiers and négociants gather to get their first impressions of the vintage and what might be good wines for them to buy and sell on to the world wine trade.

2009 Sauternes and Barsac wines featured include Château Coutet, Château Filhot, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Château Lamothe-Guignard, Château Rieussec, Château Suduiraut and Château La Tour-Blanche. Bill Blatch


2009 Sauternes Vintage Report