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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 – Picking ‘Botrytis’ grapes

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Botrytis is now fully developed across Sauternes and everyone is picking as fast as they can – dipping in and out of the rows every day to gather the rotted grapes as and when they are ready. It has taken almost three weeks for the Botrytis to slowly develop – very different to 2009 where everything happened very quickly. This will mean a different style of wine for 2010 with perhaps more complexity as a result of the extended picking period but maybe less intensity. It is too early to say, of course, but we do know for certain that it is looking like another excellent harvest.

I’m still in the States at the moment but we thought you would like to see what is going on in the vineyards at this stage.  We captured the video below of a picker at Chateau Climens during the 2009 harvest and it perfectly illustrates the dedication and precision needed to make great Sauternes. Each row of vines will be visited many times during the 2010 harvest to select only the grapes that have reached the perfect ‘roti’ phase where flavours are at their most concentrated.

This attention to detail is one reason why good Sauternes is expensive – what you pay for when you buy a bottle of Sauternes is largely the skill and expertise of the winemakers. Bill Blatch

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 update and the effect of oak on Sauternes

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I am in Sauternes today having just got back from America to a very dry Bordeaux – some more wine videos will follow over the next few days.

Before I report more fully on the 2010 vintage I thought I’d do a little piece on the effect of oak on Sauternes.

This is a question we get asked about often so here I taste four wines ranging from a humble, but very good generic Sauternes which has been made entirely in stainless steel tanks to some Chateau d’Yquem which is the only chateau that consistently uses 100% new oak casks.  Bill Blatch


2010 Sauternes update and the effect of oak on Sauternes