We knew it would happen! Everyone is asking which wines are the best buys in our Amazing January Sale!
Well, I’ve given it a lot of thought and below are my very Top 10 Tips for the best value Sauternes on offer – just click on the links to read more about these wines and to buy.
2005 Fleur d’Or – A great everyday Sauternes. I helped to blend this myself so I know exactly how good it is! Where else can you get quality Sauternes with over 6 years of age at £15 per bottle delivered to your door direct from perfect storage conditions in Bordeaux?
2008 Carmes de Rieussec – We were already the cheapest supplier of this great 2nd wine from the reknowned 1st Growth Ch Rieussec and now it is even cheaper! I am a great fan of the 2008 vintage which was released at low prices in Bordeaux at the time of the last recession – great value! The youngest wine in this selection but drinking beautifully already.
1997 Ch de Myrat – The first great vintage from the modern Ch de Myrat! You won’t find this anywhere else and certainly not at such a great price. Drinking superbly now!
2003 Ch La Clotte-Cazalis – A relative unknown but boasting a very respectable 90 points from Robert Parker. I think everyone has to try something from the incredibly hot 2003 vintage and this is a very good example indeed. I like it as an aperitif wine.
1996 Ch d’Arche – If the 2003 La Clotte-Cazalis is an aperitif wine then, for me, this d’Arche represents great value as a out and out dessert wine. Again you won’t find this anywhere else – 15 years of bottle age at well under £25 a bottle!
1998 Ch Doisy Daene – Another older wine that is very competitively priced at under £25 a bottle. You just can’t get this level of complexity and richness any cheaper elsewhere. From one of Bordeaux’s most respected winemakers, Denis Dubourdieu.
2001 Ch de Rayne Vigneau – 1st Growth Sauternes from the great 2001 vintage with 10 years bottle age at around £30 a bottle! Yet again you won’t find this cheaper anywhere else – a very classy wine indeed!
1995 Ch La Tour Blanche – Great older 1st Growth Sauternes! If you like top quality Sauternes from handy half bottles then this is as good a choice as any on the list. An old favourite of mine that never fails to please!
And finally 2 more wines at the luxury level that represent incredible value, both in half bottles and from the superb 1997 vintage – 1997 Ch de Fargues and 1997 Ch d’Yquem both the work of Compte Alexandre de Lur-Saluces. The de Fargues has the biggest discount in the sale at over 30% off and is real quality in a glass. The d’Yquem is, well d’Yquem, quite simply the best Sauternes and probably the best white wine in the world! Modern vintages are much more expensive and this is one of the last great vintages that you will be able to buy at this price level and, as such, counts as one of the best buys in the sale.
Well that was really hard to choose – I know how everyone is feeling now! I hope this helps you to make your mind up but I can honestly say that all of the wines are wonderful examples of Sauternes. If you have any questions on any of the wines do drop Steve an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and together we will do our best to help.
Enjoy! Bill Blatch