Archive for February, 2013

What Price 2011 Château d’Yquem? STOP PRESS

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

It turns out the price fetched in my previous post for the case of 2011 Château d’Yquem included a personal tour of the property and lunch for four people so there isn’t a direct comparison to be made with other vintages.  There were 2 similar lots offered last week.  Firstly, in the UK at the Christie’s auction on Thursday 21st February someone secured a case at £8,050.  Even more astonishingly another lot in the US at the Sotheby’s auction on Saturday 23rd February fetched £16,175.

Maybe we should be offering an al fresco picnic overlooking the vineyards of Yquem when the wine is eventually available?  Any takers?

We will, of course, let you know when the wine is on general release which should be soon.  It was certainly sensational when tasted en primeur!  Bill Blatch

What Price 2011 Château d’Yquem?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The 2011 vintage of Château d’Yquem wasn’t released last year because of the depressed market conditions.  Now we also know that there will be no 2012 vintage produced.  At the time they felt that they had made a fantastic wine that merited releasing at a more propitious moment.  It still hasn’t been released onto the general market but some clever pre-release promotion has been taking place.  A case was put up for sale at a French auction last week with the bottle size to be decided by the customer.

I contacted the château about this unusual strategy and their response was very interesting.  The auction sale included the 2011 as a way of conjuring up support for the vintage, which may not have been the case if it had “opened” through the normal channels.  It was felt that the reputation of Sauternes 2011, very often totally wrongly associated with the lighter style of the reds when in fact it is a great Sauternes vintage, would dampen a general offer.  This is therefore yet to come at an unspecified date.  They made it very clear that this is just a little toe in the water just to foster support (which it did as it sold very well) and in no way suggests that Yquem will be pursuing a Latour policy.

And the price?  Well a case sold for 9,844 Euros or roughly £8,175, much higher than the prices achieved at the auction for the 1988, 1989 or 1990 vintages.  Looking at Liv-Ex trade prices this is over twice the price of the 2009, nearly twice the price of the 2001 and higher than the most recent sales of the 1975 and 1967 vintages.

The bar has been set!  Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Tasting From Bottle – Part 4

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Finally, the remaining First Growth 2009 Sauternes including Rieussec, Suduiraut and Yquem!  Does the Yquem shine – watch the video below to find out.

One thing is clear about this vintage – there is fantastic quality across all price brackets.  The wines will bring great pleasure for many years to come but I suspect that pretty soon supplies of the best wines will begin to become a little scarce.  For all the stock we hold just click on this link!

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Tasting From Bottle – Part 3

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Now onto some First Growth 2009 Sauternes!

Some other tasting results from the Southwold tasting are filtering through.  For Jancis Robinson’s full tasting notes (subscription required) click here.  The overall opinion was:

The sweet whites on the other hand were lovely, some of the best wines we tasted in Southwold. The wines were very charming indeed and had quite enough acidity. Blatch, a big sweet white bordeaux fan, puts 2009 ahead of 2005. We found the quality generally very high. 

We have half bottles of the de Fargues (18.5pts from Jancis) and the Rabaud-Promis (17pts) available for immediate delivery in the UK – just click on this link!

Enjoy! Bill Blatch