Posts Tagged ‘Chateau Broustet’

2011 Sauternes Revisited

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Last year many of you will have taken delivery of some 2011 Sauternes so we thought it would be a good idea to see how they are drinking now – superbly as it happens! I also report below on the vintage generally (it’s easy to forget the excellent 2011 Sauternes vintage after the fantastic 2009s and 2010s) and how a panel of UK wine experts found the wines when they were tasted last week at the annual Southwold tasting.

To help you find a particular wine that you may have bought we’ve filmed everything in alphabetical order this time – enjoy the videos!  Bill Blatch

2011 Summary

2011 Sauternes A to C

2011 Sauternes D to G

2011 Sauternes L to N

2011 Sauternes R to Y

No 2013 Yquem En Primeur!

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Chateau d’Yquem, along with Chateau Raymond-Lafon, Chateau d’Arche and Chateau Lamothe-Guignard have decided not to offer their 2013 Sauternes wines en primeur.  Yquem’s reason is similar to the one given for not releasing the 2011 during the en primeur campaign – they feel the wine they have made deserves to be sold in a healthier economic climate.


I have some sympathy with this view – they have just got 95-97 pts from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and have been widely acclaimed as the best wine of the vintage, red or white.  Why should they release in the midst of a disastrous En Primeur campaign caused by over-pricing among some of the red wines?

Unfortunately is does mean that we cannot offer these wines at this moment but there is always an alternative! Chateau de Fargues has taken a defiant stance on price and increased it to a level they feel more suited to a wine they feel is a classic.  I have some sympathy with this approach too and the wine is certainly top quality.

Even better value though is the offer from our old favourite, Daniel Alibrand at Domaine de l’Alliance.  If you want top class Sauternes from a top vintage at an attractive price then this has to be your wine.  There are excellent offerings out too from Barsac Second Growths Chateau Broustet and Chateau Nairac.

For all the wines available in half and full bottles visit our full 2013 Sauternes En Primeur Offer.

Enjoy! 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).

2013 Sauternes First Impressions

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

2013 Sauternes is beginning to look very promising indeed.  Before we do a comprehensive tasting we always visit a few chateaux to get a better idea of the vintage – an impression of its character.

Below are a couple of videos selected from our first day in Sauternes on Thursday that start to tell the story.  Over the next week or so we will be posting tasting videos for all the wines, all of which we will have tasted at least three times.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

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

Another Brilliant 2012 Barsac

Friday, April 26th, 2013

This 2012 Barsac from Chateau Broustet is both brilliant and a bargain.  The 2012 Climens and Doisy-Vedrines in my post below are both in my Best Barsac Case but this wine will be one of the highlights of my upcoming Best Bargain Case – watch this space!

In my tasting video below I mention that I’m really delighted for Jérémie Gravier and the team at Vignobles de Terroir who, as can be seen in the second video, are taking great care with this property to improve both the vineyard and the winemaking.   There’s a great shot in this video of the soil strata in Barsac for all budding geologists and terroir buffs!

All the 2012 wines mentioned above are available both in bottles and half bottles by clicking – HERE   Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

More Good News on 2010 Sauternes Prices

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Four major releases today – the two First Growth ‘Peyragueys’ and two Barsac Second Growths, Doisy-Vedrines and the superbly priced Broustet.  Every year there is always someone who really prices to sell – last year it was the Mesliers at Raymond Lafon who reduced their price substantially and the new owners at Broustet have done the same in 2010 with a 20% reduction.

Chateau Broustet – 24% decrease on our 2009 opening price!
Chateau Doisy-Vedrines – 6% less than last year!
Clos Haut-Peyraguey – 5.8% down on the 2009 opening price!
Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey – down 5.8% again!

Just click on a wine name for tasting notes, scores and a link to our 2010 Sauternes sales page.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

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

2010 Sauternes First Harvest Videos

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

On a brief visit to some Sauternes vineyards in between trips to the States I managed to catch up with progress at Broustet, Climens, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Guiraud and Raymond Lafon.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to visit more properties but we will do our best to get round as many as we can during the 2010 Sauternes harvest.

Take a peek at this first video of Didier Laulan and his nephew Guillaume Forcade talking in the vineyards of Chateau Broustet in Barsac below and then click on the link below the video to see the next video in the series (there are six short wine videos in total).

Click Here for 2010 Chateau Climens First Picking

The videos, when combined, will give you a good insight into Sauternes 2010 vintage.  The grapes are ripe and Botrytis is beginning to form across the vineyards.  A little rain followed by warmer weather and some humidity would be ideal and could lead to another great vintage but too much rain or continued cold weather could dampen enthusiasm.  Let’s hope for the best!  Bill Blatch