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)
(-1) – Just pipped to the No.1 spot
(+3) – Progress up the charts for Barsac!
9. Doisy Daene
(+4) – Up into the top 10 for the first time!
(+2) – Up 2 places
17. de Fargues
(-1) – Why is this not further up the chart?
(-3) – Out of the top 20!
26. Les Justices (-) – Another non-mover!
35. Suau (-1) – A slight faller!
36. Romer (-5) – Down 5 places!
(-3) – Falling but still in the top 40!