Archive for June, 2010

2009 Ch d’Yquem finally releases En Primeur

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Well at last Ch d’Yquem have released their 2009 En Primeur. 

We are not surprised that they have decided to continue with the marketing policy of following the prices of the other Medoc First Growths – as a luxury brand it is easy to understand the logic.   Unfortunately, as First Growth prices this year in the Medoc are high and, therefore, so is 2009 d’Yquem.

Allocations are also pinched so, for the moment, we have decided to offer only full cases (in bottles or halves) at:

2009 Sauternes Price List – Full Cases

Do let us know if you are interested in half bottles as part of a mixed case and, if enough people show an interest and we do not sell our allocation as whole cases, we will see what we can do.  As a reminder the videos for Ch d’Yquem are at:

2009 d’Yquem with Sandrine Garbay

2009 d’Yquem with Francis Mayeur

On the quality we have no doubts whatsoever – this will be one of the great d’Yquems!

2009 Ch Climens – best Sauternes buy En Primeur?

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Bravo Berenice – a very reasonable release price from Ch Climens today.  Up 23% on 2008 but down 13% on 2007 – only the third chateau to do this behind de Malle and Raymond Lafon.

In the heady climate of 2009 En Primeur red wine prices this is a breath of fresh air and deserves support.  The wine is excellent and will reward buyers with first class drinking for the rest of their lifetime (and probably their children’s lifetime too!).  I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Buying pages and tasting videos/notes are at the following links:

2009 Sauternes Price List – Full Cases
2009 Sauternes Price List – Mixed Cases

2009 Climens Videos

2009 Climens Tasting Notes

2009 Sauternes Mixed Cases – Bordeaux Gold’s Selections

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Most of you wanted to select your own mixed cases of 2009 Sauternes En Primeur but quite a few also wanted us to do it for you.  After a lot of discussion (it was hard to leave any wines out as everyone has excelled themselves in 2009) we have come up with three fantastic mixed cases to suit all palates and wallets.

These can all be found at the following link:

2009 Sauternes Pre-Selected Mixed Cases

There is an ‘Early Drinking’ case, a ‘Best Value’ case and an ‘Ultimate’ case.  Each contains wines from six Sauternes and Barsac chateaux and can be ordered in either normal 75cl bottles or popular 37.5cl half bottles.  Why not take a look now and see what we have lined up?

Remember you can always mix your own cases or order full cases of individual wines at the following links:

2009 Sauternes Price List – Mixed Cases

2009 Sauternes Price List – Full Cases

No one else gives you so much power to choose so why not go ahead and have some fun selecting some fantastic 2009 Sauternes?   Bill Blatch

2009 En Primeur prices – Sauternes looking good value

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Well – 2009 En Primeur prices for the red wines are certainly turning a few heads around the world.  I have worked in Bordeaux for 30 years and have never seen anything quite like this.  The top reds are only just starting to be released (very late and everyone here is worrying about their holidays) and past experience shows that prices may get even higher.  For starters this week we had Calon-Segur at 51,20 Euros ex-negociant (over 100% higher than the 2008 release price and making it some 15% more expensive to buy than the excellent 2005 vintage) – and this is one of the better buys! 

These high prices are certainly making the early 2009 Sauternes releases look good value.  Raymond Lafon is a stand out example with a 14% reduction on the 2008 price making it some 12% cheaper to buy than the excellent 2007 vintage – no one else has priced to sell quite like this across the whole of Bordeaux.  But there are many other good examples:

  • Doisy-Vedrines – 10% increase on 2008 and 10% cheaper than current 2007 prices
  • de Malle – same price as 2008 and 6% cheaper than current 2007 prices
  • de Myrat – 11% increase on 2008 and 11% cheaper than current 2007 prices
  • d’Arche – 5% increase on 2008 and 1% cheaper than current 2007 prices
  • Filhot – 6% increase on 2008 and 3% cheaper than current 2007 prices

Steve and I tasted the 2009’s alongside the 2007’s and there is no doubt it is the superior vintage although the styles are very different.  Just click on the hyperlinks for the individual wines to find out more and to buy or why not try a mixed case of some of these excellent value Sauternes at this link:

2009 Sauternes Mixed Cases