Posts Tagged ‘Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne’

Decanter, Jancis Robinson Publish 2014 Sauternes Notes

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

To time with the rush of 2014 Sauternes being released early in Bordeaux (the fantastic Coutet, Bastor-Lamontagne and Filhot are the most recent) both Decanter and JancisRobinson have published their 2014 Sauternes notes.

Ian d’Agata for Decanter says: ‘It’s really a unique Sauternes and Barsac vintage, quite unlike any vintage of the past 30 years, because these remarkably opulent, rich wines really come across as almost dry.’

Jancis Robinson mirrors our feelings about the quality saying: ‘This is the single category that undoubtedly triumphed in 2014, producing wines that combine botrytised richness with unusual freshness – so not just massive bundles of sugar, but wines with real energy and finesse.’

Don’t forget all the wines released can be found on our special 2014 En Primeur page where, if you click on the wine labels, you can find all the tasting notes including mine.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

A New Sauternes Cocktail Arrives

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Florence Cathiard who, along with her husband Daniel, is the new owner of Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne has joined forces with Perrier to create a new Sauternes based cocktail – ‘Le SO PERRIER’.

Building on Michel Garat’s creation of a lighter Sauternes style for a younger audience (which he branded ‘SO Sauternes’) Florence has gone a stage further and launched the new cocktail in partnership with Ricard, distributors of the Perrier brand in Paris this week.

For the full brochure (in French) click on this link – Dossier de Presse SO

Steve and I will no doubt be trying this out as we taste our way through the 2014 vintage!  More news on the vintage and all the wines will be uploaded over the next couple of weeks.

Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

 

Climens, Doisy Daene, Sigalas Rabaud and More 2013 Sauternes Released En Primeur

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

What a wonderful price for 2013 Château Climens – Bravo Bérénice!

Great restraint too from Denis at Doisy Daene, Laure at Sigalas Rabaud and Michel at Bastor-Lamontagne – all now for sale either by the six pack (75cl bottles), the half bottle equivalent (12 x 37.5cl half bottles) or by individual bottles or half bottles as part of a mixed case that you can put together yourselves – why not have one of each?  Just click on the link below to find all the wines now:

2013 Sauternes En Primeur

To give you an idea of just how good a price the 2013 Château Climens is here are the relative cheapest prices for the most recent good vintages from WineSearcher:

2013 Château Climens – £225 per six bottle pack – click to buy from Bordeaux Gold now
2011 Château Climens – £375
2010 Château Climens – £337
2009 Château Climens – £424.50
2007 Château Climens – £387.50
2005 Château Climens – £275
2003 Château Climens – £295
2001 Château Climens – £1,000

Have a great Easter and think of 2013 Sauternes while you are eating your chocolate egg!  Bill Blatch

The 2013 Sauternes Tasting Videos

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The tasting videos for the 2013 Sauternes are finally published below – we hope you enjoy them as much as we’ve enjoyed tasting the wines!

To help you locate any particular wine you are interested in there are five videos in alphabetical order.  The first video covers the A-C chateaux and includes Domaine de l’Alliance, Ch d’Arche (starts at 1:15), Ch Bastor-Lamontagne (1:53), Ch Broustet (2:26), Ch Caillou (3:12), Clos Haut-Peyraguey (3:37) and Ch Coutet (4:47).

In the second video covering the D-G chateaux you will find Ch Doisy Daene, L’Extravagant de Doisy Daene (0:59), Ch Doisy-Vedrines (1:47), Ch de Fargues (2:22), Ch Filhot (3:05) and Ch Guiraud (4:03).

Next it’s the turn of Ch Haut-Bergeron, Ch Les Justices (0:59), Ch Lafaurie-Peyraguey (2:04), Ch Lamothe Despujols (3:40) and Lamothe Guignard (4:10) .

Ch Liot kicks off the next video followed by the wonderful Ch de Malle (1:23), Ch de Myrat (2:33), Ch Nairac (3:22), Ch Rabaud Promis (4:41) and Ch Raymond-Lafon (5:29).

Finally, but by no means least we have a string of 1st Growth wines starting with Ch de Rayne Vigneau and then Ch Rieussec (1:08), Ch Sigalas-Rabaud (2:10), Ch Suduiraut (2:49) and Ch La Tour Blanche (4:01).

2009 Sauternes Tasting From Bottle – Part 1

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Welcome back to the wonderful 2009 Sauternes vintage.

I’ve just finished tasting all the major Bordeaux wines from 2009 at the legendary annual Southwold tasting – reds and dry whites as well.  The best Sauternes stole the show with only the top Pomerols and Pauillacs keeping them company.

Below is a video summary of the vintage and reports on of some unclassified and Second Growth wines – this really was a vintage in which everyone had a chance to create top quality wines and these represent fantastic value.  If you haven’t yet got any in your cellar then do take a look at our full list here – 2009 Sauternes

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

Retasting the 2009 Sauternes vintage

Monday, October 31st, 2011

I was interested to read Jancis Robinson’s recent reports following the Union des Grand Crus tasting of the 2009 vintage.  Her new Sauternes scores are substantially higher, a fact that she puts possibly down to tasting the wines after the reds compared to tasting them on their own en primeur.  She was not alone, however, in singing the praises of Sauternes with many tasters moved to ‘tweeting’ about them on the day.

For my part I don’t think it matters much when these wines are tasted – they are simply superb!  We will retaste properly next April after they have had a while in bottle and just prior to shipping.  In the meantime here is what Jancis had to say about a few of the wines we still have a small stock of at original prices – just click on a link for more information or to buy:

2009 Bastor-Lamontagne – 16 pts Drink 2013-2020 (15.5 pts En Primeur)
Light and barley sugar with a streak of lime. Attractive! (Specially after all that dry red…) Pears but not the most concentrated, but one of the most alluring Bastor-Lamontagnes I can remember, even if it lacks the subtlety of its grander peers.

2009 de Fargues – 18.5 pts Drink 2012-2040 (17.5 pts En Primeur)
Very complex nose. Tense and butterscotch. Big and bold and so exciting and subtle. Already delivering lots of interest! I could enjoy this tonight!

2009 de Rayne Vigneau – 17 pts Drink 2016-2030 (16 pts En Primeur)
Thick and sticky and very sweet and almost oily. Fresh and floral and delivers lots of (relatively simple) pleasure. Barley sugar. A little chewy on the end.

2009 Doisy-Vedrines – 16 pts Drink 2015-2022 (15.5 pts En Primeur)
A little sugary. I could do with more acidity and depth. Chewy. Pretty simple.

2009 Nairac – 17 pts Drink 2016-2028 (18 pts En Primeur)
Just slightly mousy on the nose. Lime syrup. Certainly fun but not as noble as some of the others.

2010 Sauternes – the Eurovision Chart!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Following the Eurovision Song Contest (and popular demand) we couldn’t resist one more Top 40 Chart!

Taken into account are a host of new scores from France (Revue du Vin de France, Professor Bernard Burtschy, Jacques Dupont, Jacques Perrin & Antoon Laurent), Izak Litwar’s scores from Denmark and, to make things truly European, the scores from the Grand Jury Europeen founded by Francois Mauss.

For tasting notes and scores just click on the links or on the large blue box at the top right of your screen.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

1.  L’Extravagant de Doisy Daene (-) – No changes across the top 5 wines but it was very close for No.1! RELEASED – £797 (6 x halves)
2.  d’Yquem (-) – RELEASED – £4,911/£4,927 (12 x bottles/24 x halves)
3.  Climens RELEASED – £839/£847
4.  Suduiraut (-1) – RELEASED – £562/£578
5.  Coutet (-) – RELEASED – £528/£544
6.  Guiraud (+1) – Moving back up the chart!  RELEASED – £349/£365
7=. Doisy Daene (+2) – Up for the second week running! RELEASED – £308/£324
7=. Raymond Lafon (+5) – Up 5 places again!  RELEASED – £292/£308
9.  Rieussec (-3) – A slight faller! RELEASED – £556/£572
10.  La Tour Blanche (-2) – Down 2 places!  RELEASED – £441/£457
11.  Doisy-Vedrines (-) – A non-mover! RELEASED – £234/£250
12.  de Fargues (+5) – Moving up to where it belongs! RELEASED – £900/£916
13.  Lafaurie-Peyraguey (-3) – Out of the top 10 – just!  RELEASED – £338/£354
14.  Nairac (-1) – A slight faller! RELEASED – £384/£400
15.  Rabaud-Promis (+1) – Still moving up slowly!
16.  Clos Haut-Peyraguey (-1) – Falling one place! RELEASED – £344/£360
17. Sigalas Rabaud (+1) – Good top 20 position! RELEASED – £349/£365
18.  de Rayne Vigneau (-5) – Moving down the charts! – RELEASED – £322/£338
19.  de Myrat (-) – A non-mover! RELEASED – £219/£235
20.  de Malle (+5) – Well deserved big move!  RELEASED – £232/£248
21.  Bastor-Lamontagne (+7) – Now just outside the top 20!  RELEASED – £164/£180
22=. Haut-Bergeron (-2) – A slight fall after last week’s big rise!
22=. Caillou (-) – A non-mover this week!
24.  Filhot (-1) – A slight faller!  RELEASED – £177/£193
25.  d’Arche (-4) – A surprise faller this week!  RELEASED – £210/£226
26.  Broustet (-2) – A slight fall but a great price!  RELEASED – £143/£159
27.  Lamothe Guignard (+5) – Back into the top 30!  RELEASED – £168/£184
28=. Cantegril (+1) – Moving up slightly! RELEASED – £157/£173
28=. de Veyres (+2) – More progress up the chart!   RELEASED – £137/£153
30.  Romer du Hayot (+4) – Bouncing back after a fall!  RELEASED – £140/£156
31=. Lamothe Despujols (-4) – A faller this week! RELEASED – £175/£191
31=. Domaine de L’Alliance (+2) – Another move up the chart! RELEASED – £74
31=. La Clotte-Cazalis (+6) = A deserved big move! RELEASED – £169/£185
34.  Romer (+2) – Up 2 places!
35.  Les Justices (-9) – The biggest faller this week!
36.  Suau (-1) – A slight faller!
37.  Tuyttens (-7) – Another big faller!
38.  Liot (-) – The first of 3 non-movers!  RELEASED – £140/£156
39.  Saint-Marc (-) – No move here!  RELEASED – £125/£141
40.  Partarrieu (-) – Still in the top 40! RELEASED – £117/£133

2010 Sauternes – Final Top 40
(with Neal Martin’s Wine Advocate scores)

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

It is appropriate that this final 2010 Sauternes Top 40 chart has been compiled after Neal Martin’s scores have been added as he is an avid music fan.  Writing for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Neal’s scores and tasting notes are amongst the most influential for Sauternes – they are available via www.erobertparker.com (subscription required).  Here is the concluding paragraph of his vintage summary:

“How long will this run of successful Sauternes vintages continue? How long can they keep throwing the dice and turning up a six? Denis Dubourdieu’s father reminded his son of the woeful 1960s and 1970s when, in many seasons, nothing could be produced. You never know when such a cycle could return, but they will keep throwing that dice. I recommend stocking up the 2010s and relishing these exceptional Sauternes.”

Also included are some excellent new notes from Chris Kissack (aka The Wine Doctor) and scores from Jean-Marc Quarin (to give the final chart that Eurovision feel!).

To buy any of the wines released so far just click on the links or on the large red box at the top right of your screen.  All links lead to our online shop where all the 2010 Sauternes can be purchased by the case or by the individual bottle/half bottle.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

1.   L’Extravagant de Doisy Daene (+1) – Sneaking back into the No.1 spot (review to follow)
2.   d’Yquem (-1) – Just pipped to the No.1 spot
3.   Climens (+2) – Into the top 3!
4.   Suduiraut (-1) – Slips out of the top 3! PRICE RELEASED – £562/£578 bottles/halves
5.   Coutet (+3) – Progress up the charts for Barsac!
6.   Rieussec (-1) – A slight faller!
7.   Guiraud (-2) – Another on the way down slightly PRICE RELEASED – £349/£365 bottles/halves
8.   La Tour Blanche (-4) – The biggest faller in the top 10!  PRICE RELEASED – £441/£457 bottles/halves
9.   Doisy Daene (+4) – Up into the top 10 for the first time!
10. Lafaurie-Peyraguey (-1) – Hanging on in the top 10 – just! PRICE RELEASED – £338/£354 bottles/halves
11. Doisy-Vedrines (-1) – Just outside the top 10 but a good run in the charts! PRICE RELEASED – £234/£250 bottles/halves
12. Raymond Lafon (+5) – A big mover up the charts this week! PRICE RELEASED – £292/£308 bottles/halves
13=. de Rayne Vigneau (-2) – Down 2 places
13=. Nairac (+2) – Up 2 places
15. Clos Haut-Peyraguey (-3) – Falling but still in the top 15! PRICE RELEASED – £344/£360 bottles/halves
16. Rabaud-Promis (+2) – Moving up the charts!
17. de Fargues (-1) – Why is this not further up the chart?
18. Sigalas Rabaud (-2) – Good top 20 position! PRICE RELEASED – £349/£365 bottles/halves
19. de Myrat (+1) – Still moving up!
20. Haut-Bergeron (+11) – A big mover into the top 20!
21. d’Arche (+1) – Steady progress up the chart!  PRICE RELEASED – £210/£226 bottles/halves
22. Caillou (-3) – Out of the top 20!
23. Filhot (+2) – Another one on the way up!  PRICE RELEASED – £177/£193 bottles/halves
24. Broustet (-) – The only non-mover in the top 25! PRICE RELEASED – £143/£159 bottles/halves
25. de Malle (-4) – Hanging on in the top 25! PRICE RELEASED – £232/£248 bottles/halves
26. Les Justices (-) – Another non-mover!
27. Lamothe Despujols (+6) – A big move up the chart!
28. Bastor-Lamontagne (-1) – Down 1 place only!  PRICE RELEASED – £164/£180 bottles/halves
29. Cantegril (-) – A non-mover!
30=. Tuyttens (+1) – Into the top 30!
30=. de Veyres (+5) – A big move into the top 30!  PRICE RELEASED – £137/£153 bottles/halves
32. Lamothe Guignard (-4) – Out of the top 30!  PRICE RELEASED – £168/£184 bottles/halves
33. Domaine de L’Alliance (+5) – Another big mover up the chart!
34. Romer du Hayot (23) – This week’s biggest faller!   PRICE RELEASED – £140/£156 bottles/halves
35. Suau (-1) – A slight faller!
36. Romer (-5) – Down 5 places!
37. La Clotte-Cazalis (-2) = Another faller!
38. Liot (-) – A non-mover! PRICE RELEASED – £140/£156 bottles/halves
39. Saint-Marc (+1) – Progress up the chart!   PRICE RELEASED – £125/£141 bottles/halves
40. Partarrieu (-3) – Falling but still in the top 40!

2010 Sauternes Top 40 Chart (now includes
Jancis Robinson scores)

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

There are some big movers this week after scores from Jancis Robinson (log in required), Rene Gabriel (the renowned Swiss German critic) and others.  The chart is settling down a little but there are quite big variations in scores from critic to critic (just click on a wine name to see for yourself).

Why?  Well, different tastes and different samples may account for the variance but I do feel that some just don’t understand Sauternes as well as others and I suspect that for a few Sauternes is a bit of an afterthought when compared to the red wines as it can be with wine merchants and consumers as well.  I hope I am wrong but fear not!

For our part we remain of the opinion that the 2010 vintage is another great vintage – different in style but equally as fine in quality as its predecessor, 2009.  Some of these properties have produced their best wines ever in the last two years and they are still getting indifferent marks – the record seems to be stuck!  Quite why de Fargues, Raymond Lafon and Sigalas Rabaud are being scored so low I cannot understand and no one has recognised, for example, the fantastic progress made by de Malle this year!

See all the scores and tasting notes for yourself by clicking on a wine name –  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

1. d’Yquem (3) – Up to No. 1!
2. L’Extravagant de Doisy Daene (2) – Down from Number 1 but based on only 3 scores so far (most wines have 6-11 scores averaged out)!
3. Suduiraut (4) – Up One Place!
4. La Tour Blanche (6=) – Up Two Places!
5=. Climens (2),  Guiraud (8) & Rieussec (6=) – Down Three for Climens but still just 2 scores as the wine has to be tasted from barrel – Guiraud & Rieussec Both Up!
8. Coutet (5) – A Faller in the Top Ten – Down 3!
9. Lafaurie-Peyraguey (13) – Up 4 Places – a Big Mover!
10. Doisy-Vedrines (11) – Into the Top Ten!
11. de Rayne Vigneau (10) – Down One Place!
12. Clos Haut-Peyraguey (9) – Out of the Top Ten!
13. Doisy Daene (12) – Down 1 Place!
14. Sigalas Rabaud (16) – Up 2 Places!
15. Nairac (14) – Down One Place!
16. de Fargues (15) – Moving Down – why this isn’t higher up the charts we can’t understand!
17. Raymond Lafon (20=) – Deservedly Moving Up!
18. Rabaud-Promis (17) – Down 1 Place!
19. Caillou (18) – Down 1 after Last Week’s Big Rise!
20. de Myrat (22) – Moving Up!
21. de Malle (24=) – Up 3 Places!
22. d’Arche (24=) – Progress This Week!
23. Romer du Hayot (23) – No Change!  PRICE RELEASED – £140/£156 bottles/halves
24. Broustet (26=) – Up 2 Places!
25. Filhot (19) – A Big Faller!
26. Les Justices (20=) – Another Big Faller (but only 3 scores so far)!
27. Bastor-Lamontagne (26=) – Just Down 1 Place!
28. Lamothe Guignard (28=) – A Non-Mover!
29. Cantegril (-) – Straight into the Charts  – but based on just 2 scores!
30. Romer (-) – Another New Entry!
31=. Haut-Bergeron(-) & Tuyttens (-) – 2 More New Entries!
33. Lamothe Despujols (30) – Down 3 Places!
34. Suau (28=) – Down 6 Places!
35=. La Clotte-Cazalis (-) & de Veyres (-) – Another 2 New Entries!
37.  Partarrieu (-) – Straight into the Charts!
38=. Liot (-) & Domaine de L’Alliance (-) – More New Entries This Week!
40. Saint-Marc (-) – This Week’s Final New Entry!

2010 Sauternes – Top of the Pops

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

As you know we don’t score wines but, just for fun, here’s an interim Top 30 of how the 2010 Sauternes are impressing the critics so far (2009 positions are in brackets).  We’ll update this every week until the Wine Advocate scores are published and we’ll give final chart positions.  Just click on a link for more about each wine including my tasting videos.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

1. L’Extravagant de Doisy Daene (2) – Straight in at Number 1 but based on only 1 score so far!
2. Climens (3) – Another New Entry but again just 1 score!
3. d’Yquem (1) – Down from Number 1 – Let’s Wait and See!
4. Suduiraut (4) – A Non-Mover!
5. Coutet (7) – Can this stay in the Top 5?
6=. La Tour Blanche (5) & Rieussec (6) – Non-Movers
8. Guiraud (10) – Moving Up the Charts!
9. Clos Haut-Peyraguey (16) – A Big Mover!
10. de Rayne Vigneau (15) – Into the Top Ten!
11. Doisy-Vedrines (22) – One of 2010’s Biggest Movers?
12. Doisy Daene (21) – Another Big Mover from Barsac!
13. Lafaurie-Peyraguey (11) – A Slight Faller?
14. Nairac (14) – A Non-Mover this Year?
15. de Fargues (12) – Moving Down in 2010?
16. Sigalas Rabaud (13) – Can this Climb Again?
17. Rabaud-Promis (17) – Another Non-Mover?
18. Caillou (30=) – A Rapid Rise up the Chart!
19. Filhot (29) – Another Big Move up the Charts!
20=. Raymond Lafon (8=) & Les Justices (20) – Last Year’s Big Hit and a Non-Mover (but 1 score only for both so far)!
22. de Myrat (23=) – Progress Up the Chart?
23. Romer du Hayot (39) – This Year’s Biggest Mover? PRICE RELEASED – £140/£156 bottles/halves
24=. de Malle (25=) & d’Arche (30=) – Both on the Up?
26=. Broustet (36) & Bastor-Lamontagne (38) – Two Big Movers!
28=. Lamothe Guignard (30=) & Suau (37) – Upward Movement Again?
30. Lamothe Despujols (30=) – A Non-Mover?

Bubbling Under – Domaine de L’AllianceCantegril, La Clotte-Cazalis, Haut-Bergeron, Latrezotte, Liot, Partarrieu, Saint-Marc, Tuyttens & de Veyres