Archive for May, 2013

2012 Sauternes and Barsac Bargain Case

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Here is my selection of the best bargain’s from the 2012 Sauternes and Barsac vintage.  And they are real bargains as, contrary to popular belief following the non-declaration of Yquem, there were parts of Sauternes and especially Barsac where making good wine was still possible.  The negative climate around the vintage has meant very reasonable prices for what are some super drinking wines.

If you buy anything from 2012 then this is the case!  Click HERE for 12 half bottles or HERE for the 12 bottle case.  To hear why the wines are such a good buy just listen to the video below.

Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

Latest 2012 Sauternes and Barsac Releases

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

After a brief break for the May holidays we have two top Sauternes and Barsac releases to report – Château Guiraud from Sauternes and Château de Myrat from Barsac.  Just click HERE to find out the prices for them both and all of the other released 2012 wines.

Here are my tasting videos for both wines, Guiraud first:

Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

March of the Peyragueys!

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Unlike in Barsac making top quality 2012 Sauternes was far from easy, especially in the heart of the area focused around Yquem.  Yquem decided not to declare their vintage, as did Rieussec, Suduiraut and Raymond Lafon.  La Tour Blanche have produced a wonderful wine with strict selection but there are only 24 barrels, the same amount as at Guiraud, and de Fargues have only made 10 barrels!

Getting your hands on good quality and good value First Growth Sauternes has never been more tricky but the two Peyragueys, Clos Haut-Peyraguey (note the innovative pack size – very useful) and Lafaurie-Peyraguey have both released at very reasonable prices (just click HERE for all details) and, despite cripplingly small quantities again, we do have small amounts available.

Clos Haut-Peyraguey has just been taken over by Bernard Magrez of Pape Clément, La Tour Carnet and Fombrauge fame.  He has great plans for the estate and has sensibly retained (and promoted) our good friend Anthony Defives.  For my thoughts on Anthony’s first élévage take a look at this video clip:

Meanwhile across the road Eric Larramona and his team have, like others, selected drastically with only 2 or 3 lots being regarded as good enough for the Grand Vin.  Here are my thoughts:

All the 2012 wines can be found by clicking – HERE!  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

 

Best 2012 Sauternes Selection

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The best 2012 Sauternes come, as it happens, from Barsac!  To make things easy for you in this difficult vintage (remember the weather was not kind to chateaux with well draining soil like Yquem) we’ve selected the very best wines and put them into a mixed case.

You can either have a case of Barsac Bottles (12 x 75cl) or, if you just want to dip your toe into the 2012 vintage, then there is no better way to do it than to buy a half case of Barsac Half Bottles (12 x 37.5cl) – just click on the links!  To see all the 2012 Sauternes wines we are offering – Click Here!

Here are my thoughts on just why the three wines that make up our case (Climens, Doisy-Védrines and de Myrat) were such a great success in 2012.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch