Archive for the ‘Chateau Coutet’ Category

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.

Great Drinking Sauternes!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Well here it is – our first offer of drinking Sauternes!  We’ve scoured the cellars of Bordeaux to find the very best value wines and have come up with some truly great Sauternes.

All except one of these wines are cheaper per bottle than buying the recent 2009 vintage (some are only one third of the price) – and you don’t have to wait ten years to see them at their best!  The 2009 Sauternes may well turn out to be the best ever vintage but these wines represent the very best value Sauternes that you can drink today.  We’re delighted to make this offer of

Best Buy Sauternes For Drinking Now

Even better, you can buy your Sauternes either by the whole case or have fun mixing your own bespoke selection!

Why not slip in a half bottle or two of d’Yquem alongside some great value de Myrat and La Tour Blanche?  The de Myrat is cheaper than most own label supermarket Sauternes and, quite frankly, is three times the wine!

All the Sauternes have been perfectly stored in Bordeaux cellars and will be shipped to the UK for delivery in late October in plenty of time for Christmas (if they last you that long!)

Some of these wines are simply not available anywhere else in the UK so don’t miss this opportunity to grab them while you can.

We hope you enjoy this offer and these sensational Sauternes.  Bill Blatch

Wine Spectator gives 2009 Sauternes an enthusiastic welcome!

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

James Suckling has published his tasting notes and scores for the 2009 Sauternes and Barsac wines at www.winespectator.com   Broadly we agree that this is a fantastic vintage and special congratulations to Chateau d’Yquem (97-100), Coutet, Guiraud, l’Extravagant de Doisy Daene (95-98), de Myrat, Suduiraut (94-97) and Clos Haut-Peyraguey (93-96).

Why not compare them to my notes and to our videos on these wines – just use the name and email sign up boxes and the tag cloud (both in the right hand column of the blog) to locate vidoe reports on the wines you are interested in!  Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes – First Growths (1 of 2)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The smile on my face says it all! I have never tasted anything like this before – the 2009 Sauternes and Barsac First Growths are consistently brilliant. In this first of two videos I give my first impressions of Coutet, de Fargues, de Rayne Vigneau, Guiraud, Lafaurie-Peyraguey and La Tour Blanche – if you watch one video then this should be the one!


I’ve promised Steve that my full tasting notes will be written up very soon so don’t forget to sign up at the top right hand corner of the page if you haven’t already and would like to have them. Bill Blatch

2007 Sauternes tasting – First Growth Chateaux (1 of 2)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Third video from the mammoth 2007 and 2009 Sauternes and Barsac tasting at Chateau de Fargues. This covers the first six out of thirteen 2007 First Growth wines including the highly rated Chateau Climens.


Other Chateaux in this flight of wines are Coutet, de Fargues, de Rayne-Vigneau, Guiraud and Lafaurie-Peyraguey. Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes in the cellar – Château Coutet

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Taking time to talk with owners and winemakers is the only real way to find out about their wines – to learn about their successes, their problems and the philosophy behind their wines. Here is another example from Barsac where I talk with Philippe and Aline Baly of Château Coutet, the winemaker for the 2009, Bernard Constantin, and his young successor, Laurier Girardot, who will be in charge when the wine is bottled.

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 Report – February 2010

Friday, February 26th, 2010

A day in Barsac checking up on the 2009 Sauternes vintage and we visited a range of properties from unclassified wines to first and second growths to get an across-the-board view.

Took in Château Climens, Château Coutet, Château Doisy-Vedrines, Château La Clotte-Cazalis and Château Liot.  We loved visiting the tiny Domaine de l’Alliance which has a wonderful story behind it and is producing some great wines from vineyards in Fargue. We’ll tell you more about them another time.

Finished the day at my favourite restaurant in Langon, Claude Darroze with a bottle of Château Nairac 1976… which went surprisingly well with the wild boar. Watch the video to discover how the vintage is shaping up, then leave us a comment or question below.


2009 Sauternes Report - February 2010