Archive for July, 2010

2009 Sauternes En Primeur – Final Thoughts

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Well it is all over now bar the shouting but something tells me that people will be talking about the 2009 En Primeur campaign for some time with quality and prices the main discussion points.

Certainly the quality is remarkable, particularly so in Sauternes where many growers cannot remember such perfect conditions. Many have compared the 2009s to the great vintages of the past such as 2001, 1989, 1875, 1959, 1947, 1929 and even 1921. I don’t think I have ever seen such consistency with all the top chateaux in fine form and many of the lesser properties producing wines of First Growth quality.

Given the quality, prices in Sauternes have been generally reasonable with some outstanding value including Raymond Lafon (13.6% down on 2008 and 2007), Climens (13% down on 2007), de Malle (4% down on 2007 and the same price as in 2008) and Doisy Daene (only 10% up on 2008 and 2007 for a 98 point Wine Advocate scoring effort). There were some above average price increases which shocked a few people but on the whole rises have been well below those in the red wine appellations – the Sauternes average price increase was under 25% on 2008 prices compared to over 70% for Pauillac!

As usual time and the market will tell whether prices are fair and sustainable but we have no doubt that there are some oustanding Sauternes in 2009 at reasonable prices. We still have stock of some of the top wines at:

2009 Sauternes Case Prices

Our attention now is turning towards finding some fine Sauternes of drinking age in the run up to Christmas.  We plan to make a couple of offers of older wines that we have discovered lying in Bordeaux at attractive prices.  Make sure you are on our mailing list by registering to receive my 2009 Sauternes Tasting Notes and Vintage Report at the top right hand side of this page.   Bill Blatch

Sauternes and Cheese – suggestions from Marie Quatrehomme

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

From a philosophical viewpoint to something more practical – here are some expert cheese and Sauternes pairing suggestions from Marie Quatrehomme, the famous Parisien Fromagerie.

If you have any favourite Sauternes and cheese suggestions please tell us about them in the comments box below.

Sauternes and Proust – a French Philosopher’s view!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Well this wine video certainly got me thinking – where did I get my love of Sauternes? Great to see a philosophical take on wine!

Where did your love of Sauternes come from? Tell us in the comments section below.

2009 Sauternes En Primeur Mixed Cases – Update

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Well as you can see from the post below the last remaining broken cases are fast disappearing!

We have had yet another helpful suggestion from our customers which hopefully will make it even easier for some people to get their hands on a selection of these fabulous wines.  For the last remaining bottles and half bottles we will accept orders for HALF CASES for the 2009 Sauternes En Primeur Mixed Cases – to order 6 bottles or 12 halves of the wines of your choice just click on the link below:

2009 Sauternes Price List – Mixed Cases

There are only enough 75cl bottles left for three half cases but the remaining choice is good – Climens, Doisy Daene, de Myrat, Nairac and Raymond Lafon!

The choice is wider with half bottles with enough there for ten half cases if you are quick. 

At the top end there are small amounts of de Fargues, Coutet, Guiraud, La Tour Blanche (SOLD OUT), Nairac, Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, de Rayne-Vigneau, Rabaud-Promis and Raymond Lafon (SOLD OUT). 

In the good value drinking early spectrum we still have some remaining Doisy-Vedrines, Cantegril (from Denis Dubourdieu), Lamothe-Guignard, de Malle, Broustet, Bastor-Lamontagne, d’Arche (SOLD OUT), La Clotte-Cazalis, Filhot (SOLD OUT) and Partarrieu (SOLD OUT).

We hope you get the wines you want.  Bill Blatch

NB We are not increasing our bottle prices for half cases but please remember that storage and delivery charges will be proportionally higher when the wines are delivered in 2012 (i.e. it will cost the same amount to deliver or store a half case as it will a full case).

Mixed cases of 2009 Sauternes – last few bottles left

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Selecting your own mixed case has been the most popular option for 2009 Sauternes En Primeur.   Many of you have appreciated the ability this provides to experiment and experience within one of the greatest Sauternes vintages ever!

Some wines have now sold out but there are some gems still left.  We will not be breaking up any more cases before these wines are shipped in 2012 so this is the very last opportunity to secure the mixed case of your choice.  Remaining wines can be found by clicking on the link below:

2009 Sauternes Mixed Cases

You will have to hurry to secure the following:

  • Only 2 half bottles of 2009 Suduiraut (97-99 points from Neal Martin) – NOW SOLD OUT
  • 7 bottles only each of 2009 Doisy Daene and 2009 Raymond Lafon – the best buys of the vintage? DOISY DAENE GONE
  • 5 bottles and 11 halves left of the sensational 2009 Climens – pure class at a great price! NO HALVES LEFT & ONLY 1 BOTTLE LEFT
  • Only 4 bottles each of 2009 Rieussec and 2009 Nairac – simply superb Sauternes RIEUSSEC GONE
  • Only 4 halves of Sigalas-Rabaud, 5 of Rabaud-Promis and 6 of La Tour Blanche NO SIGALAS & ONLY 1 LA TOUR BLANCHE LEFT

Take a look at what is left at this link: 2009 Sauternes Mixed Cases