Posts Tagged ‘2010 Sauternes’

2010 Domaine de L’Alliance – Best Yet!

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Daniel Alibrand, fisherman turned winemaker, goes from strength to strength with his 2010 Domaine de L’Alliance – just released in handy 50cl bottles.  Take a look at the video below to see what Daniel gets up to in his garage, sorry cellar!  Neal Martin was amazed enough to include Daniel in the foreword to his vintage report:

“The region continues to be beset by financial woes and consumer apathy, but that has not deterred young vignerons from throwing the dice and making Sauternes. Take Domaine de l’Alliance for example. After visiting the historic Yquem shrouded in its luxuriant air, I found myself in an unkempt garage on the outskirts of an industrial estate in Langon. Just a few years ago, Daniel Alibrand, commercial fisherman turned winemaker, was welding his vats together, but now this, dare I say, “maverick genius” is making top-class Sauternes from the most rudimentary equipment. It is these kinds of passionate individuals that the region needs.”

2010 Domaine de L’Alliance – £74/half case Bottles (50cl) or £13.33/Bottle (50cl)

First 2010 Sauternes Release En Primeur

Monday, April 18th, 2011

There has been no time wasting in Bordeaux with the release of several smaller red wines and the first Sauternes – Chateau Romer du Hayot from Barsac.  Released at the same price as the 2009 vintage we are able to offer this at £8 per case less because of more favourable exchange rates.  Follow the links below for my tasting video and our 2010 Bordeaux En Primeur Offer.  Bill Blatch

2010 Chateau Romer du Hayot Video

2010 Sauternes En Primeur Offer

2010 Sauternes better than 2009?

Friday, April 15th, 2011

I feared that many critics would not appreciate the special qualities of the 2010 Sauternes but I am thankfully wrong so far.  Michel Bettane in Decanter has got it spot on in his assessment at:

Decanter on 2010 Sauternes – better than 2009?

Five wines scored 19/20 and a further six 18.5/20 – compared to only seven wines scoring over 18.5/20 in 2009.  Total points for the top 27 wines in 2010 was 475/540 against 466.6/540 for the 2009.  As you know we don’t score here at Bordeaux Gold but it is more than clear that these are two great but contrasting vintages – the rich, monumental and opulent 2009s followed by the pure and fresh 2010s.

“Masterpeices of Modern Sweet Winemaking” just about sums it up – 2010 Bordeaux is turning out to be quite a special year!

As a contrast to Michel’s comments take a look at the video below that I shot last week with Steve – it’s my attempt at an update on the 2010’s after tasting them several times and in relation to my vintage report which you should have already received.  Bill Blatch

2010 Bordeaux – Chateau d’Yquem tastings

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Just to make sure we tasted Chateau d’Yquem four times last week – we really do go the extra mile on your behalf!  One of the tastings was at official reception for the wine at the Bordeaux Opera where Steve and I had to put our suits on (more of that later)! 

You will see in the two clips below, one taken after tasting at the chateau and one with winemaker, Sandrine Garbay, why I was a bit chuffed that they also served the 1988 d’Yquem alongside the canapes. Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2010 Bordeaux – Chateau Climens, Barsac

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

We didn’t taste the 2010 Climens alongside the other First Growths because owner Bérénice Lurton and technical director  Frédéric Nivelle don’t blend their barrels yet.  This highlights why it is so important to taste every wine over a sustained period of time to get the full picture – tasting a wine once, as many critics do, will only ever give you a snapshot.

And what barrels they were!  There were 23 lots to get through but here is a summary video for you.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes – first tasting videos

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

OK here we go with some tasting videos for the 2010 Sauternes En Primeur.  Let’s start with some of the lesser wines to see how they have handled the extreme conditions of the 2010 vintage.  Take a look at the video below for a summary of how I think they have performed and then click on the individual links for tasting videos of the individual chateaux

There are a few wines here that I consider of sensational quality – likely to be the very best value within the 2010 vintage.  Bill Blatch

Domaine de l’Alliance, Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne, Chateau Cantegril, Chateau La Clotte-Cazalis, Chateau Haut-Bergeron, Chateau Latrezotte, Chateau Liot, Chateau Partarrieu, Chateau Saint-Marc, Chateau Tuyttens, Chateau de Veyres

2010 Sauternes at Suduiraut,
Filhot and Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The good news is that the 2010 Sauternes vintage looks every bit as exciting, but different, to the exceptional 2009.  The videos below were shot just before New Year in the vineyards of Chateau Suduiraut and in the cellars of Chateau Filhot with owner Gabriel de Vaucelles and Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey with manager Eric Larramona.  I had intended to taste a few wines just to see how they were coming along but it had been cold for so long (an unheard of 16 days of frost during December) that the exercise was pointless.  I will return in a couple of weeks time to see how they are getting along.  What I did capture were some fascinating opinions and comparisons between what are shaping up to be two great Sauternes vintages. Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes Harvest News

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Lots of videos and news below on the 2010 Sauternes harvest.  I start with Chateau Coutet and an interview with their talented new young winemaker, Laurier Girardot.

After that just click on the link above or below the video for news from Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Chateau Suduiraut, Domaine de l’Alliance and Chateau Climens.  Every video gives a slightly different take on what appears to be another great vintage and undoubtedly one to watch.

More 2010 Sauternes Harvest Videos here

More 2010 Sauternes Harvest Videos here

2010 Sauternes – Vineyard Views

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

I’ve never seen such colour in the vineyards as in this 2010 Sauternes vintage.  After leaving the party at Chateau Guiraud ()see post below)  I just had to stop on my way to Chateau Coutet and film some of the vineyards and reflect on the harvest at Chateau d’Yquem and elsewhere.

I must point out that generally filming while driving is a very bad idea indeed but I couldn’t resist.  All I can say in my defence is that the roads in Sauternes are very sleepy and I do know them rather better than most.  Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes – Harvest Party at Chateau Guiraud

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

A 2010 Sauternes Harvest Party – what fun!  Everyone at Chateau Guiraud was in high spirits when I popped in a couple of days ago including the inimitable Xavier Planty.  And why not?  It seems like another fantastic vintage for Sauternes – very different to the 2009 and it will be fascinating to compare them over the next few years.  In the video below I join in the party for a while and then manage to drag Xavier away to talk in his cellars about just why this is looking like another very special year.

Next up I shot some vineyard videos (I’ve never seen such colour on the vines) followed by trips to Chateau Coutet, Chateau Suduiraut, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Domaine de l’Alliance and finally Chateau Climens.  It’ll take Steve a few days to process the videos and get them up here but together they tell the story of the 2010 harvest, and quite an epic it was!  Bill Blatch