Posts Tagged ‘2009 Sauternes’

2009 Sauternes by the Riverside

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Sometimes even I think opening a bottle of Sauternes can be a bit daunting.  It’s somehow easier to open a bottle of red for lunch or to take some dry white along on a picnic.  It really shouldn’t be like that though as this clip shows – you can drink Sauternes anywhere and at any time.

On Friday Steve and I were enjoying a day’s fishing, trying our best to relieve a chalk stream of some unwanted pike.  An unsuccessful morning meant lunch and a glass of wine or two was much needed.  I had a selection of red and white Bordeaux in my car boot but, as many of you will have recently taken delivery of your 2009 Sauternes it seemed a good idea to try some Chateau Climens and Chateau Guiraud alongside our sandwiches just let you know how they are tasting.

It’s something that I should do more often and I’d encourage anyone to do the same – Sauternes can help to make the most of the most mundane meal or occasion and always puts a smile on my face.

We never did catch any pike but the river keeper very kindly provided us with some crayfish for our efforts which we had for supper – more about that later.  Steve thinks that the clip below might explain why the fish weren’t biting!  Bill Blatch

2009 En Primeur Sauternes Review

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Here’s a final review of the 2009 Sauternes vintage.  In the video below I talk about the En Primeur campaign and identify our top five best buys of the vintage.  Some of these are still available at original prices at:

2009 Sauternes Case Prices

We’ve also filmed individual chateaux reviews – just click on the link below to see them all.  They are especially interesting viewing if you have already bought some of these sensational wines.

2009 Sauternes Chateaux Videos Reviews

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

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).

2009 Sauternes Mixed Cases – Bordeaux Gold’s Selections

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Most of you wanted to select your own mixed cases of 2009 Sauternes En Primeur but quite a few also wanted us to do it for you.  After a lot of discussion (it was hard to leave any wines out as everyone has excelled themselves in 2009) we have come up with three fantastic mixed cases to suit all palates and wallets.

These can all be found at the following link:

2009 Sauternes Pre-Selected Mixed Cases

There is an ‘Early Drinking’ case, a ‘Best Value’ case and an ‘Ultimate’ case.  Each contains wines from six Sauternes and Barsac chateaux and can be ordered in either normal 75cl bottles or popular 37.5cl half bottles.  Why not take a look now and see what we have lined up?

Remember you can always mix your own cases or order full cases of individual wines at the following links:

2009 Sauternes Price List – Mixed Cases

2009 Sauternes Price List – Full Cases

No one else gives you so much power to choose so why not go ahead and have some fun selecting some fantastic 2009 Sauternes?   Bill Blatch

Mixed 2009 Sauternes Cases Proving Popular

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Steve has just told me that 2009 Sauternes En Primeur mixed cases are proving twice as popular as whole cases here at Bordeaux Gold!

We knew from our survey that this is what you wanted and we are delighted with the response – the power of the consumer in action! Here are the links again for both mixed and whole cases:

2009 Sauternes Mixed Cases

2009 Sauternes Full Cases

2009 Sauternes – a word on pricing

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

We are nearing the end of what has been a strange 2009 En Primeur campaign for Sauternes and I thought I’d say a few things on the pricing.

Above all we have to remember that these are historic wines – perhaps the best since 1921.  It is not surprising therefore that release prices are higher than in recent years.  We are of the view that the growers have been generally reasonable with their pricing and we certainly feel that they are deserving of fair reward for their efforts – it is not either easy or highly profitable making Sauternes.

Three things, however, have conspired to make things difficult both for growers and buyers.  Firstly, it has also been an historic vintage for red bordeaux.  Perhaps not so uniform as in Sauternes but easily of sufficient interest to distract attention.

Then there are two financial factors – exchange rates and the worldwide economic uncertainty.  These are difficult times for both the Euro and the Pound and the net effect for those looking to buy Sauternes has been to amplify the prices increase from the Chateaux, making the vintage appear more expensive still.  On top of this the general financial uncertainty, compounded in the UK by the uncertainty of a General Election, has served to dampened enthusiasm.

But En Primeur is, or should be, all about the long view.  Despite all the financial problems surrounding this vintage over time it will become recognised as one of the greatest Sauternes vintages ever and future prices will reflect this unquestionable fact.  Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes – Parker En Primeur Scores Confirm Great Vintage!

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The 2009 Sauternes En Primeur campaign doesn’t really start until Parker scores are out.

Well Robert Parker’s notes on 2009 Bordeaux are finally out alongside Neal Martin’s review of the 2009 Sauternes vintage.  Full notes are available from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate online (a paid subscription) – here are a few quotes and highlights:

The result is a clutch of exceptionally rich Sauternes wines with more botrytis than many know what to do with, thankfully counterpoised by the acidity to prevent them from becoming cloying and maintain freshness.  At best, the result is a clutch of mellifluous, intense rather than powerful Sauternes, as honeyed as Johnny Mathis’s  croon but pirouetting across the palate like Margot Fonteyn.

These are just some of Neal’s recommendations:

Check out names such as: Domaine de l’Alliance (a name for Sauternes-lovers to watch out for), Château Partarrieu and Château Thuyttens for small growers who took advantage of the favourable growing season and offer wines that reach the full potential of their respective vineyards.

From Suduiraut and Rieussec I expect greatness given their pedigree, and neither disappoint, the former daring to challenge Yquem and the latter fashioning their best since 2001.  In addition, the likes of Château Coutet, Rabaud-Promis, Sigalas-Rabaud, Rayne-Vigneau, and La Tour Blanche all produced astonishing wines that will become benchmarks for these estates.

We totally agree with Neal that the overall quality of the vintage is outstanding:

After tasting through the wines both blind and then again with identities revealed, I felt a sense of elation with respect to the regularity of quality from top to well “bottom” is an inappropriate word in the case of the 2009s.

So my advice to those who have just completed their 2009 shopping list: just add a case of Sauternes, especially if you have never done so before. Never has there been such a consistent vintage and nothing brightens up or completes a cellar like Sauternes.

Prices for the wines released so far are at our new 2009 Sauternes Price List  and full tasting notes and scores from all the experts are available from the links below.  Guess which one of these wines scores 100pts!

Domaine de l’Alliance, Ch d’Arche, Ch Bastor Lamontagne, Ch Broustet, Ch Caillou, Ch Cantegril, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Ch Doisy Daene, Ch Doisy-Vedrines, L’Extravagant de Doisy DaeneCh Filhot, Ch Guiraud, Ch Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Ch Lamothe-Guignard, Ch Liot, Ch de Malle, Ch de Myrat, Ch Partarrieu, Ch Sigalas-Rabaud, Ch Suduiraut


2009 Sauternes – Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Our first visit to Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey to taste the excellent 2009 Sauternes vintage with Eric Larramona.  This video highlights just how difficult it is at this early stage to compare the different wines of Sauternes.  While his neighbours at Chateau Rayne-Vigneau have finished blending their wine in January, Eric’s lots are still in barrel and still on the lees – racking won’t begin until June!

Incidently both wines scored 97 points with The Wine Enthusiast Magazine so there is more than one way to make good Sauternes – ‘Vive la Difference!’  Bill Blatch

Average 2009 Sauternes En Primeur scoring so far

Monday, April 12th, 2010

In advance of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate scores from Neal Martin We thought it would be useful to summarise how the 2009 Sauternes and Barsac vintage was being received by critics so far.  There has been almost universal acceptance that this is an outstanding year – we totally agree with this assessment and the scores back this up.

Scoring to Parker’s 100 point scale around 20 wines have acheived an average mark of over 90 points – making them ‘outstanding wines of exceptional complexity and character’.   Of these 3 wines are currently averaging at over 96 points making them ‘extraordinary wines of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety’.

And these are average marks! An incredible 15 wines have judged by at least one critic as potentially scoring 96 points – maybe we should offer a mixed 2009 En Primeur case of these extraordinary wines!  We now await the Wine Advocate scores with interest.   Bill Blatch

PS The top twenty wines so far are (in alphabetical order): Climens, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Coutet, Doisy Daene, Doisy-Vedrines, l’Extravagant de Doisy Daene, de Fargues, Guiraud, les Justices, Lafaurie-Peyraguey, de Malle, de Myrat, Nairac, Rabaud-Promis, Raymond Lafon, de Rayne-Vigneau, Rieussec, Suduiraut, La Tour Blanche and d’Yquem. 

Hovering only just below the cut off mark and likely to rise into the ‘outstanding’ category as more marks come in are: d’Arche, Caillou, Filhot, Lamoth, Lamoth-Guignard and Romer du Hayot.  Also ‘outstanding’ in our opinion are some wines that we know about but that are not normally placed in front of most tasters – these include: Domaine de l’Alliance, Bastor-Lamontagne, Cantegril, La Clotte-Cazalis, Latrezotte and Partarrieu.  In a vintage of such universal high quality some of these wines may represent the best value when prices are released later this month.