Archive for May, 2010

2009 Sauternes En Primeur Mixed Cases

Friday, May 28th, 2010

We are delighted that the 2009 Sauternes En Primeur mixed cases are proving so popular.  In this video we retaste most of the wines to help you select what wines to put in your mixed case if you haven’t already done so.  We are expecting Climens and d’Yquem to release very soon and we know that many of you are waiting for these releases before finalising your case selections – we hope this helps!  Mixed cases can be ordered by clicking on this link –

2009 Sauternes Mixed Cases

PS The wines are just getting better and better!  It is amazing what just a few extra months in barrel can do for truly rich wines like these, adding complexity and helping develop their structure. Bill Blatch

Mixed 2009 Sauternes Cases Proving Popular

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Steve has just told me that 2009 Sauternes En Primeur mixed cases are proving twice as popular as whole cases here at Bordeaux Gold!

We knew from our survey that this is what you wanted and we are delighted with the response – the power of the consumer in action! Here are the links again for both mixed and whole cases:

2009 Sauternes Mixed Cases

2009 Sauternes Full Cases

2009 Sauternes – a word on pricing

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

We are nearing the end of what has been a strange 2009 En Primeur campaign for Sauternes and I thought I’d say a few things on the pricing.

Above all we have to remember that these are historic wines – perhaps the best since 1921.  It is not surprising therefore that release prices are higher than in recent years.  We are of the view that the growers have been generally reasonable with their pricing and we certainly feel that they are deserving of fair reward for their efforts – it is not either easy or highly profitable making Sauternes.

Three things, however, have conspired to make things difficult both for growers and buyers.  Firstly, it has also been an historic vintage for red bordeaux.  Perhaps not so uniform as in Sauternes but easily of sufficient interest to distract attention.

Then there are two financial factors – exchange rates and the worldwide economic uncertainty.  These are difficult times for both the Euro and the Pound and the net effect for those looking to buy Sauternes has been to amplify the prices increase from the Chateaux, making the vintage appear more expensive still.  On top of this the general financial uncertainty, compounded in the UK by the uncertainty of a General Election, has served to dampened enthusiasm.

But En Primeur is, or should be, all about the long view.  Despite all the financial problems surrounding this vintage over time it will become recognised as one of the greatest Sauternes vintages ever and future prices will reflect this unquestionable fact.  Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Mixed Cases Available En Primeur

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Introducing our mixed cases of 2009 Sauternes En Primeur. In our recent survey the majority of you wanted to buy Sauternes in mixed cases – so here they are!

2009 Sauternes Mixed Cases (Just Click on the Link)

Rather hopefully you also wanted to be able to choose which wines to put in your mixed case.  Well, as far as we are aware, no one else offers this service but we couldn’t see why not so you can do this too as long as you order in full case quantities (i.e. 12 x 75cl bottles or 24 x 37.5cl half bottles).

Full (unmixed) cases of all the wines can still be ordered via this link:

2009 Sauternes Full Cases

We only have limited quantities of some wines left so to ensure you get exactly what you want don’t delay, order today!  As Neal Martin said:

So my advice to those who have just completed their 2009 shopping list: just add a case of Sauternes, especially if you have never done so before. Never has there been such a consistent vintage and nothing brightens up or completes a cellar like Sauternes.

Now you can make that case of 2009 Sauternes a mixed case and, in a vintage of such quality, we can promise that none of the wines you select will disappoint.  Bill Blatch