Archive for March, 2010

2009 Sauternes… and finally Chateau d’Yquem!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

At Chateau d’Yquem we had a private tasting with Technical Manager, Francis Mayeur. He also showed us the 2007 Ygrec (their dry white wine) and the 2007 d’Yquem for comparison. The conclusion (helped by Francis’s charts) was that, where 2007 was a case of ‘great botrytis on good grapes’, in 2009 Sauternes experienced ‘great botrytis on great grapes’. That just about says in all – expect a doubly great d’Yquem!


I’m going to pause for breath now for a little bit but don’t forget to sign up for my full tasting notes at the top right hand corner of the page, especially if you are interested in buying Sauternes and Barsac wines in the 2009 En Primeur campaign (expected any time after Easter). Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes – a sensational Chateau Climens!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

We didn’t taste 2009 Chateau Climens alongside the other First Growths as they haven’t finished blending it yet but we did taste from all the lots in barrel with Technical Manager, Frédéric Nivelle, and Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate – take a look below for a brief summary of our visit.


If you are interested in buying Chateau Climens, Barsac in the 2009 En Primeur campaign don’t forget to sign up for my full tasting notes at the top right hand corner of the page. Chateau d’Yquem and will follow next! PS Roger Voss of The Wine Enthusiast Magazine in an article on 2009 Sauternes has just rated Climens at 97-99 points – early days but we wouldn’t disagree at this stage. Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes – First Growths (2 of 2)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The brilliance of 2009 Sauternes First Growths continues unabated – Rabaud-Promis, Raymond Lafon, Rieussec, Sigalas-Rabaud, Suduiraut and Clos Haut-Peyraguey! I have never seen anything like this in my 30+ years working in Bordeaux.


If you are interested in buying these wines in the 2009 En Primeur campaign don’t forget to sign up for my full tasting notes at the top right hand corner of the page. PS For those who are wondering we do know that de Fargues and Raymond Lafon aren’t First Growths – we just think they should be! PPS We have also tasted d’Yquem and Climens at the Chateaux and these videos will follow next on this site! 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

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

2009 Sauternes – Big, fat and not afraid to take it’s clothes off!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Which wine am I talking about? Well the candidates for the 2009 Sauternes and Barsac Second Growth Exhibitionist Award in this video are Caillou, d’Arche, de Malle, de Myrat and Doisy Daene – can you guess?


Next up are the rest of the Second Growths tasted – Doisy-Vedrines, Filhot, Lamothe, Lamothe-Guignard and Nairac. Bill Blatch

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 – First Growth Chateaux (2 of 2)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Second of two videos from the 2007 and 2009 Sauternes and Barsac tasting at Chateau de Fargues covering the last seven out of thirteen 2007 First Growth wines (scroll down for the first video which includes Climens). Yes we know Raymond-Lafon isn’t technically a First growth but we sort of think of it as one.


Other Chateaux in this flight of wines are Clos Haut-Peyraguey, La Tour-Blanche, Rabaud-Promis, Rieussec, Sigalas-Rabaud and Suduiraut. 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

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