Posts Tagged ‘Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau’

The ‘New Parker’ Has Spoken on 2014 Bordeaux & Sauternes

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Two highly respected critics have released their reports and notes on the 2014 Sauternes – Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate and Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor.

Neal has taken over En Primeur red wine duties from Robert Parker to add to his normal reviews of Sauternes. His view is that both should be considered in 2014 if the prices are keen but, like us, he rates Sauternes higher with Château d’Yquem as his top wine of the vintage and 9 wines rated as potentially ‘extraordinary’ (96 points or over). Only 12 red wines out of nearly 600 tasted made this grade (compared to 38 Sauternes assessed).

And Sauternes prices are very reasonable indeed. Chris Kissack says in his report: “While Bordeaux has rightly been criticised for the combination of questionable quality and ever-higher prices during the last three or four vintages, inducing thousands to turn their back on the region and get their vinous kicks elsewhere, Sauternes has quietly been continuing to turn out excellent wines, usually sold for a relative pittance. While Bordeaux continues to grow its reputation as over-hyped and over-priced (and I think the 2014 vintage will do nothing to change this), nestled inside this region is in fact one of the wine world’s great bargains.”

We also have five new releases to report this week at keen prices: Liot, Haut Bergeron, de Myrat, de Rayne Vigneau and Clos Haut-Peyraguey. Some wines already released like Coutet (only now available as half bottles for mixed cases) and Doisy Daene are nearly out of stock so act fast to secure your order.

All the wines in all sizes can be found at our 2014 En Primeur Online Shop – just click on any wine label to see tasting notes from myself, Neal, Chris and many others including Ian d’Agata for Decanter and Jancis Robinson.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

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

2013 Sauternes Tasting Notes From Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Two more great value 1st Growth 2013 Sauternes – Clos Haut-Peyraguey and Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau – are now out HERE

To help you work out just how good the 2013 Sauternes are we’ve added tasting notes for all wines from Neal Martin of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Jeannie Cho Lee of Decanter Magazine, Matthew Jukes of the Daily Mail and Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.  Just click on any label to view the notes for that particular wine.

My notes are also available and should be read first – I taste all of the wines many more times during their evolution than anyone and know them better than most.  I still steadfastly refuse to score I’m afraid (how can you judge your family?) and wouldn’t encourage anyone to look too closely at scores at this stage as we are still a year (or two for some wines) away from bottling and all of the wines are at different stages of their evolution.  Neal Martin’s notes, however, in particular should be read in detail – he is fast developing into an excellent taster of young Sauternes.

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 L’Union des Grands Crus Tasting

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

What a wonderful week it has been for tasting 2013 Sauternes!

Many thanks to Nicholas and Eloise Heeter-Tari at Nairac, Silvio Denz and Eric Laramona at Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Pierre Lurton and all the team at Yquem, Charles Chevalier at Rieussec, Berenice Lurton at Climens, Pierre Montegut at Suduiraut, Vincent Labergére at de Rayne Vigneau, Xavier Planty at Guiraud, Laure de Lambert Compeyrot at Sigalas-Rabaud, Aline and Philippe Baly at Coutet and all the staff at La Lagune in the Medoc for organising tasting events and to all the other Sauternes growers for providing us with some wonderful samples.  As well as tasting the wines ourselves we’ve put them in front of journalists and wine merchants from all around the world and everywhere they have been tasted they have brought a smile to people’s faces.

Before I finally get down to capturing my thoughts on the wines on video here are some videos Steve took at La Lagune where the Sauternais were exhibiting their wines as part of the Union de Grands Crus tastings.  It’s a great chateau and a wonderful place to taste.  There is, however, a small touch of irony in the location as La Lagune was one of a few red chateaux that decided not to present a wine this year, presumably not least because of the effect of botrytis on their Merlot grapes – the same botrytis that has produced such wonderfully fresh Sauternes in 2013.

Its all smiles though in Sauternes – as these sample videos from happy growers show.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Tasting From Bottle – Part 4

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Finally, the remaining First Growth 2009 Sauternes including Rieussec, Suduiraut and Yquem!  Does the Yquem shine – watch the video below to find out.

One thing is clear about this vintage – there is fantastic quality across all price brackets.  The wines will bring great pleasure for many years to come but I suspect that pretty soon supplies of the best wines will begin to become a little scarce.  For all the stock we hold just click on this link!

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2011 Sauternes First Growths

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

2011 Sauternes is without doubt a big success.  And at the head of this we have some sensational First Growth wines.

For my thoughts on Coutet, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, de Fargues, Guiraud, Lafaurie-Peyraguey and Rabaud Promis click on the first video below.  After that click on the second video for comments on Raymond Lafon, de Rayne Vigneau, Rieussec, Sigalas Rabaud, Suduiraut and La Tour Blanche.  There is at least one sensational wine in each video!  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

Christmas Sauternes Bin Ends

Friday, November 11th, 2011

What is Christmas without Sauternes?  Unthinkable in my house where there is always a bottle open in the fridge door to go with a mince pie – it beats Baileys hands down as a Christmas tipple!

Steve has routed around the cellar and found a few tempting bin ends at brilliant prices – perfect festive drinking!  Make sure you read right down to the bottom of this post as there is an extra special offer at the end!

2006 Carmes de Rieussec 

Our FREE UK delivery offer means this wine is at roughly 1/2 the price than offered elsewhere but hurry as there are only 15 bottles at £15.52 Ex VAT and 21 half bottles at £10.57 Ex VAT left (just click on the links to go to our shop and buy).

2007 de Rayne Vigneau

First Growth Sauternes from a top vintage for just over £25 a bottle including FREE UK delivery – we must be crazy!  Again speed is of the essence as there are only 5 bottles at £21.50 Ex VAT and 18 half bottles at £14.07 Ex VAT left (just click on the links).

2004 CoutetChateau Coutet, Barsac

For only a couple of £s more how about some First Growth Barsac with a little more age?  Only 3 bottles at £22.61 Ex VAT left so you will have to be lightning fast (just click on the link).

2006 de FarguesChateau de Fargues, Sauternes Wine Label

This is a real bargain – reputable merchants are selling this top quality Sauternes at around the £60-£80 mark but we are offering just 5 bottles at £38.17 Ex VAT and 28 half bottles at £21.21 Ex VAT   Remember this includes FREE UK delivery for just a single half bottle which those other high prices don’t unless you order over a certain amount.

2006 La Tour Blanche

This works out about 25% cheaper than anywhere else and there is the FREE UK delivery to factor in as well – hurry though as there are only 7 bottles at £24.83 Ex VAT left!

And finally, just in case you can’t make your mind up which to buy here is an extra special offer!  Steve has set aside some mixed cases containing all of the above wines – halves or bottles.  At a staggering further 20% off we have just 5 cases of mixed bottles at £196.21 Ex VAT and 5 cases of mixed half bottles at £146.71 – unbelievable value!

We wish you a merry Christmas!  Bill Blatch and Steve Webb

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