Archive for September, 2010

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

Sauternes, Oysters and Sausages

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Here’s another two little videos I filmed after the ‘oak’ video (see previous post below).

I was curious to see how the ‘oaked’ and ‘unoaked’ wines would go with my homespun supper of fresh oysters from the Sunday market in Bordeaux and some sizzling sausages!

In case you think we’re a little crazy not showing you a video of Sauternes with Foie Gras or Roquefort here’s a picture of a large tray of oysters in the tasting room at Chateau d’Yquem – slightly more elegant than me eating them out of the carrier bag but proof that the Sauternais themselves think the same way!  The point is that, whilst the classic combinations are good, there are many others to try – Sauternes is the most versatile of wines for accompanying food.

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

Great Drinking Sauternes!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Well here it is – our first offer of drinking Sauternes!  We’ve scoured the cellars of Bordeaux to find the very best value wines and have come up with some truly great Sauternes.

All except one of these wines are cheaper per bottle than buying the recent 2009 vintage (some are only one third of the price) – and you don’t have to wait ten years to see them at their best!  The 2009 Sauternes may well turn out to be the best ever vintage but these wines represent the very best value Sauternes that you can drink today.  We’re delighted to make this offer of

Best Buy Sauternes For Drinking Now

Even better, you can buy your Sauternes either by the whole case or have fun mixing your own bespoke selection!

Why not slip in a half bottle or two of d’Yquem alongside some great value de Myrat and La Tour Blanche?  The de Myrat is cheaper than most own label supermarket Sauternes and, quite frankly, is three times the wine!

All the Sauternes have been perfectly stored in Bordeaux cellars and will be shipped to the UK for delivery in late October in plenty of time for Christmas (if they last you that long!)

Some of these wines are simply not available anywhere else in the UK so don’t miss this opportunity to grab them while you can.

We hope you enjoy this offer and these sensational Sauternes.  Bill Blatch

Chateau de Fargues, Sauternes – Verticle Tasting

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

A stunning 17 vintages of Chateau de Fargues, one of the very best Sauternes wines, are covered in the two videos below. The Sauternes go back to 1983 and including the great 1988, 1989, 1990, 2001, 2005 and 2009 vintages.

My thanks go to Compte Alexandre de Lur-Saluces, owner of Chateau de Fargues, for allowing us to film this exceptional tasting and to Charles Taylor MW, who is writing a book on Bordeaux and for whom this tasting was organised.  As always thanks too to Max Amiraut, the cellarmaster at de Fargues, and his assistant Corinne.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch