Posts Tagged ‘Barsac’

2011 Sauternes Chart

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

The 2011 Sauternes Chart has been updated to include a few new wines released this week!  Below are the top wines according to the average scores from a ‘shrivel’ of 15 famous critics (an appropriate collective noun!).

The first thing to point out is that, by everyone’s reckoning, Château d’Yquem is the best 2011 wine across Bordeaux (reds and whites) and that the top 10 Sauternes wines would all make the top 30 overall Bordeaux wines on average scores – again demonstrating that 2011 is a superb vintage in Sauternes compared to the rest of Bordeaux (as detailed in my 2011 Sauternes Report).

Secondly, the wines nearly all score much higher than they did in 2010 and are all, so far, less expensive.  This makes them all good buys in my opinion with some exceptional value wines throughout the chart!  Prices for the remaining wines will be out soon.

For a full list click here – 2011 Sauternes En Primeur or click on any of the wine names or prices below for full tasting notes or to buy.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

1.      Château d’Yquem, average score = 96.5 (2010 = 95.5)
2.      Château Climens = 94.9 (2010 = 92.6) – released at £64.15/bt
3.      L’Extravagant de Doisy Daëne = 94.2 (2010 = 95.6) – £255.00/bt
4.      Château Suduiraut = 93.6 (2010 = 92.1) – £40.85/bt
5=.   Château Guiraud = 92.9 (2010 = 91.2) – £27.90/bt
5=.   Château Rieussec = 92.9 (2010 = 91.2) – £40.40/bt
5=.   Château Coutet = 92.9 (2010 = 91.3) – £38.90/bt
8.      Château Doisy Daëne = 92.8 (2010 = 90.6) – £24.50/bt
9=.   Château Raymond Lafon = 92.6 (2010 = 90.6) – £22.10/bt
9=.   Château de Fargues = 92.6 (2010 = 90.0) – £68.25/bt
11.   Château Doisy-Védrines = 92.5 (2010 = 90.2) – £19.15/bt
12.    Château de Rayne-Vigneau = 92.2 (2010 = 88.7) – £24.55/bt
13.    Clos Haut-Peyraguey = 92.0 (2010 = 89.4) – £27.45/bt
14.    Château La Tour-Blanche = 91.9 (2010 = 90.3) – £32.50/bt
15.    Château Nairac= 91.8 (2010 = 89.5) – £31.25/bt
16.    Château Sigalas-Rabaud = 91.6 (2010 = 88.7) – £26.50/bt
17.    Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey = 91.5 (2010 = 90.0) – £23.45/bt
18.    Château Rabaud-Promis = 91.1 (2010 = 89.4) – N/A*
19.    Château de Myrat = 90.8 (2010 = 88.0) – £17.50/bt
20.    Château Caillou = 90.6 (2010 = 86.4) – £17.50/bt
21.    Château de Malle = 90.3 (2010 = 87.5) – £21.10/bt
22.    Château Filhot = 90.0 (2010 = 86.2) – £14.15/bt
23.    Château d’Arche = 89.8 (2010 = 85.7) – £16.30/bt
24.    Château Romer du Hayot = 89.5 (2010 = 84.8) – £11.25/bt
25=. Château Lamothe-Guignard = 89.3 (2010 = 85.1) – £13.50/bt
25=. Château Haut-Bergeron = 89.3 (2010 = 86.4) – £14.55/bt
27=. Château Bastor Lamontagne = 89.2 (2010 = 86.6) – £13.30/bt
27=. Château Broustet = 89.2 (2010 = 85.2) – £12.75/bt
29.    Domaine de l’Alliance = 89.0 (2010 = 84.5)
30.    Château Cantegril = 88.9 (2010 = 85.0) – £12.50/bt
31.    Château Liot = 88.5 (2010 = 80.7) – £11.25/bt
32.    Château Lamothe-Despujols = 88.1 (2010 = 84.5) – £15.50/bt
33.    Château de Veyres = 87.7 (2010 = 85.0) – £11.20/bt
34=. Château Partarrieu = 87.5 (2010 = 78.8) – £9.55/bt
34=.  Château La Clotte-Cazalis = 87.5 (2010 = 84.5) – £13.35/bt
36.    Château Latrezotte = 87.0 (2010 N/A)

* Either price or low availability means that we will not be offering these wines in 2011 – they are good though!
The ‘shrivel’ of critics whose scores go towards the averages above are: Jane Anson, Tim Atkin, Michel Bettane, Jeannie Cho Lee, Julia Harding, Matthew Jukes, Panos Kakaviatos, Chris Kissack, Izak Litwar, Nea
l Martin, Philippe Maurange, James Molesworth, Jean-Marc Quarin, James Suckling and Roger Voss.

Bill Blatch 2011 Sauternes Report

Monday, April 30th, 2012

I hope you enjoy my full 2011 Sauternes Report published today.  Here is a direct link:

2011 Sauternes Report

I apologise that it has taken longer this year but I have now officially retired (that sounds very odd) from my negociant life at Vintex and saying goodbye has taken up a lot of my time.  The good news is that there should be more time for Sauternes and Bordeaux Gold from now on!

Once you have read the report don’t forget to take a look at the wines here:

2011 Sauternes En Primeur

Just by clicking on a wine label you can get tasting notes from myself, Neal Martin (writing for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate), Jeannie Cho Lee (writing for Decanter), Julia Harding (writing for Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages), James Suckling, Michel Bettane, James Molesworth (writing for The Wine Spectator), Chris Kissack and many more.  For alternative views on the vintage I’d point you towards Neal Martin, Jancis Robinson (both require subscription) or the remarkable Wine Doctor,  Chris Kissack, for an in depth free assessment.

Everyone has something in common though – they all love the incredibly fresh 2011 Sauternes.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2011 Climens Out (and more)

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Four of the very best quality and value wines out this morning:

Climens – as good as it gets from Barsac in this superb vintage. I’ll be interested to hear what score Neal Martin gives this wine later today.

Broustet – the cheapest 2nd Growth on the market and a ridiculous price for the quality Pierre Mauget and Jérémie Gravier have achieved.

Sigalas-Rabaud – I just loved this wine, bravo Laure!

de Myrat –  more great quality Barsac from the de Pontacs, very rich!

Remember all the wines out so far are here – 2011 Sauternes En Primeur.  As a reminder here’s the video Steve and I shot after tasting the 2011 Climens from barrel.  Enjoy! Bill Blatch

More Great Value 2011 Sauternes

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Well the Sauternais certainly aren’t hanging around for Robert Parker tomorrow! Four more releases today including one of the best value wines of the vintage – Chateau Liot – as well as top quality wines from Chateau Coutet, Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau and Chateau d’Arche.

There are now 16 great quality and value Sauternes and Barsac wines to choose from, all available by the bottle – anyone feel a mixed case coming on?  You know where to go by now but here’s the link again below. Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2011 Sauternes En Primeur

7 More 2011 Sauternes Prices Out

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Some great value and great quality to be found amongst these 2011 Sauternes and Barsac releases today:

Bastor-LamontagneCantegrilClos Haut-PeyragueyDoisy-DaeneL’Extravagant de Doisy-DaeneFilhotLamothe-Guignard

Thanks to everyone who has commented so positively on the new Gold Star Scoring System and simplified pricing – it’s great to know we are helping you to buy Sauternes more easily from this superb vintage.  All the wines out so far with their scores can be found at the main

2011 En Primeur Page

Just click on the link and enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes Slips Under the Radar

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Well it isn’t all over until the fat lady sings but most of the audience has left already!  As I write the Medoc 1st Growths, the Super 2nds and the the top Right Bank chateaux are finally releasing their wines onto the market after what has been one of the most criticised and extraordinary En Primeur campaigns.  It has been one of the longest campaigns ever with long lulls followed by intense spurts of activity, not to mention the record prices (for the red wines).

The ‘Embarrasingly Good Vintage that I wrote about in my 2010 Vintage Report has been followed by an ‘Embarrassingly Poor En Primeur Campaign’!

In Sauternes we only await the price for Chateau d’Yquem, which will probably follow those for the 1st Growths Reds.

Sauternes and Barsac have, yet again, suffered in the confusion!  These are amongst the very best wines in the world (see Sauternes – the Best Bordeaux Wine) and yet they are selling for a fraction of the price of the top red wines (see Sauternes – Best Value in Bordeaux).  Despite having the only reasonable pricing policy in Bordeaux the attention has been firmly on the red wines and Sauternes sales have been affected – the apathetic reaction to some of the red wine pricing seems to have rubbed off.

This is such a shame as the wines themselves deserve much, much better.  2010 in Sauternes, and especially Barsac, is utterly irresistible and gets better every time I taste it.  I urge you to take another look at my 2010 Tasting Notes and if you’ve been put off buying reds this year, focus on Sauternes instead!  All the prices are here:

Cases Prices – Bottles or Half Bottles

Individual Bottle or Half Bottle Prices

Out of interest our Top 10 best selling 2010 wines are as follows:

  1. Ch Raymond Lafon – top for the 2nd year running with fantastic quality at a ultra-reasonable price
  2. Ch Doisy-Vedrines – a big success in 2010
  3. Ch de Myrat – another great value Barsac doing well
  4. Ch Doisy Daene – completing a trio of Barsac wines at reasonable prices
  5. Ch Suduiraut – fantastic quality, one of the wines of the vintage
  6. Ch Coutet – a much more reasonable price in 2010
  7. Ch Guiraud – another high quality wine
  8. Domaine de L’Alliance – we are delighted that this wine is attracting an enthusiastic following
  9. Ch Climens – possibly the wine of the vintage
  10. Ch La Tour Blanche – again a top quality wine

There is a great mix of value and quality in this list – why not put together a mixed case with some or all of these wines included?  Bill Blatch

2010 Bordeaux or Older?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

There is no doubt 2010 and 2009 are exceptional vintages – 10 cylinder turbocharged ones compared to the 6 cylinders of the last great pair in 1989 and 1990 according to Alexandre Thienpont of Vieux Chateau Certan.  I wouldn’t disagree – I certainly haven’t seen anything like them in my 35+ years in Bordeaux.

But do they represent value?  Some would not put a price on greatness but when, as in Sauternes, you add 2007, 2005 and 2001 into the picture the situation becomes complicated.  Others just want good value drinking and there are plenty of recent Sauternes vintages for that.

I think it is worth taking a last look at the 100 Top Sauternes Spring Offer (just click on the Big Blue Box to the right of this post) before the 2010s are released.  Be quick though as this offer closes at the end of the month!  The video and prices below might help you to make up your mind.

1998 Doisy Daene £256.79 Ex VAT (2009 was £312 EX Duty and VAT, the 2010 will be £???) – over 17.5% cheaper for a good drinking vintage!
1995 La Tour Blanche – half bottles £386.02 (2009 was £486, the 2010???) – over 20% cheaper for an underestimated vintage!
1999 Nairac £330.63 (2009 was £505, the 2010???) – 35% cheaper for this forgotten vintage!
1997 de Fargues – half bottles £502.94 (2009 was £1,121, the 2010???) – a staggering 55% cheaper for a great vintage!
1997 d’Yquem – half bottles £2,472.17 (2009 was £6,329, the 2010???) – a bewildering 61% cheaper for great drinking d’Yquem!

My personal top 5 wines from the offer are: 2001 de Rayne Vigneau, 2003 La Clotte-Cazalis, 2003 d’Arche, 2004 Liot – half bottles and 2007 Clos Haut-Peyraguey – half bottles Bill Blatch

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 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

100 Top Sauternes!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

100 Top Sauternes – my idea of Paradise!  This collection is the result of my work over the past 25 years – I have tasted all the wines at the chateaux and selected them personally.  They have all been stored in perfect conditions in Bordeaux ever since they were bottled and we will ship them to the UK for you in April/May.

To see my detailed tasting notes for every wine and decide which wines are for you, but you might want to take a look at this introductory video first – Enjoy! Bill Blatch