Archive for the ‘Domaine de l’Alliance’ Category

2010 Domaine de L’Alliance – Best Yet!

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Daniel Alibrand, fisherman turned winemaker, goes from strength to strength with his 2010 Domaine de L’Alliance – just released in handy 50cl bottles.  Take a look at the video below to see what Daniel gets up to in his garage, sorry cellar!  Neal Martin was amazed enough to include Daniel in the foreword to his vintage report:

“The region continues to be beset by financial woes and consumer apathy, but that has not deterred young vignerons from throwing the dice and making Sauternes. Take Domaine de l’Alliance for example. After visiting the historic Yquem shrouded in its luxuriant air, I found myself in an unkempt garage on the outskirts of an industrial estate in Langon. Just a few years ago, Daniel Alibrand, commercial fisherman turned winemaker, was welding his vats together, but now this, dare I say, “maverick genius” is making top-class Sauternes from the most rudimentary equipment. It is these kinds of passionate individuals that the region needs.”

2010 Domaine de L’Alliance – £74/half case Bottles (50cl) or £13.33/Bottle (50cl)

2009 Sauternes tasting – unclassified wines

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Here it is – the first look at the 2009 Sauternes and Barsac wines compared alongside each other! Everyone is currently twittering about this vintage so we thought we’d give you something more tangible than a tweet – a first hand look. Amongst these lesser wines Cantegril, La Clotte-Cazalis, Latrezotte, Liot and Domaine de l’Alliance shone.

Other Chateaux in this flight of wines are Bastor-Lamontagne, de Veyres, Lamourette, Les Justices, Partarrieu and Tuyttens. Bill Blatch

2007 Sauternes tasting of unclassified wines

Monday, March 29th, 2010

First video from the mammoth 2007 and 2009 Sauternes and Barsac tasting at Chateau de Fargues. We start with eleven 2007 unclassified wines, some of which are producing classed growth quality wines.

Chateau tasted were: Bastor-Lamontagne, Cantegril, de Veyres, La Clotte-Cazalis, Lamourette, Latrezotte, Les Justices, Liot, Mauras, Tuyttens and Domaine de l’Alliance.

2009 Sauternes – Domaine de l’Alliance

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

To round up our barrel tastings of Sauternes and Barsac wines we have the almost unknown 2009 Domaine de l’Alliance. Made by the passionate Daniel and Valerie Alibrand from small parcels of old vines dotted around Fargues the philosophy behind this wine is an ecologically friendly one – an alliance between man and nature. Certainly the wine is made the the very best standards and is one to watch out for in 2009.

Our job now is to taste all of the wines we have tased from the barrel alongside each other as blends. This will be our first opportunity to compare the Châteaux and we will report back here from the weekend. 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