Posts Tagged ‘Chateau Guiraud’

2016 Sauternes Snapshot Videos

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The 2016 Sauternes vintage is the third in a trio of excellent vintages. Please take time to watch the short videos below that explain why 2016 Sauternes are so fine and pure and to learn how your favourite chateau performed.

Vintage summary and unclassified Sauternes: Please excuse the noise of our lakeside waterfall in the background – just turn the volume up and use it as a relaxation video at the same time!

Second Growths: From Filhot in Sauternes in the South to Broustet in Barsac in the North the Second Growths produced excellent wines across the length and breadth of the region – Bravo!

First Growths: 2016 Sauternes are fresh in style but also have great concentration – the First Growths are varied in style but all are showing signs of greatness.

Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

Guiraud 2016 Early Release

Monday, March 27th, 2017

In an unusual move Ch Guiraud has released its 2016 vintage before En Primeur tastings start next week. The price ex-Negociant remains the same as far back as in 2010 making it excellent value as long as the wine is as good we think it will be.

Here is a link to Bill Blatch’s general 2016 vintage report for those of you interested in how things are shaping up. For Sauternes we have high hopes!

Having been quiet for the 2015 vintage, when we were busy with other work, Bordeaux Gold will be reporting on Sauternes for you throughout the 2016 En Primeur season and beyond. We won’t, however, be selling direct as before – we just do not have the time to be online wine merchants alongside our other commitments. If you have any Sauternes enquiries or requests for information just email Steve at steve@bordeauxgold.com and we will do our best to help.

We anticipate some Sauternes chateaux will follow Guiraud’s lead and release early this year, perhaps even during the En Primeur tastings next week. Keep you eyes open for our tasting notes and videos over the next few weeks and offers from reputable wine merchants such as The Wine Society.

Bill Blatch and Steve Webb

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

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 – A Tale of Two Halves

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

10 days on from my last look at the 2013 Sauternes harvest we are now getting close to the end.

Steve thinks it’s been a bit like England’s World Cup qualifying match against Poland earlier in the the week.  There was a fantastic first half with grapes full of vibrant acidity and high potential sugar levels (compare Townsend’s wing play) culminating in some great first and second picks (Rooney’s goal at the end of the half).  The second half has been a cagey affair with growers constantly watching the weather and picking when possible in between showers (Polish attacks).  There is still time on the clock for some final picks in good weather at the start of next week (Gerrard’s clincher).

We will now have to wait and see what the growers can make out of their picks in terms of a final wine.  It will certainly be a very good vintage but maybe not at the top level.  Just as England aren’t expected to win the World Cup in Rio (like they did in 1966), the 2013 Sauternes vintage may not challenge the 2001 – expect a good performance though.

The videos below explain all this in non-football related detail.  Sandwiched in between an introduction video and a summary (both shot on a beautiful day in the Barsac vineyards) there are interesting insights from Laure de Lambert Compeyrot at Sigalas-Rabaud and Xavier Planty at Guiraud.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch




Latest 2012 Sauternes and Barsac Releases

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

After a brief break for the May holidays we have two top Sauternes and Barsac releases to report – Château Guiraud from Sauternes and Château de Myrat from Barsac.  Just click HERE to find out the prices for them both and all of the other released 2012 wines.

Here are my tasting videos for both wines, Guiraud first:

Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Tasting From Bottle – Part 3

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Now onto some First Growth 2009 Sauternes!

Some other tasting results from the Southwold tasting are filtering through.  For Jancis Robinson’s full tasting notes (subscription required) click here.  The overall opinion was:

The sweet whites on the other hand were lovely, some of the best wines we tasted in Southwold. The wines were very charming indeed and had quite enough acidity. Blatch, a big sweet white bordeaux fan, puts 2009 ahead of 2005. We found the quality generally very high. 

We have half bottles of the de Fargues (18.5pts from Jancis) and the Rabaud-Promis (17pts) available for immediate delivery in the UK – just click on this link!

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes by the Riverside

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Sometimes even I think opening a bottle of Sauternes can be a bit daunting.  It’s somehow easier to open a bottle of red for lunch or to take some dry white along on a picnic.  It really shouldn’t be like that though as this clip shows – you can drink Sauternes anywhere and at any time.

On Friday Steve and I were enjoying a day’s fishing, trying our best to relieve a chalk stream of some unwanted pike.  An unsuccessful morning meant lunch and a glass of wine or two was much needed.  I had a selection of red and white Bordeaux in my car boot but, as many of you will have recently taken delivery of your 2009 Sauternes it seemed a good idea to try some Chateau Climens and Chateau Guiraud alongside our sandwiches just let you know how they are tasting.

It’s something that I should do more often and I’d encourage anyone to do the same – Sauternes can help to make the most of the most mundane meal or occasion and always puts a smile on my face.

We never did catch any pike but the river keeper very kindly provided us with some crayfish for our efforts which we had for supper – more about that later.  Steve thinks that the clip below might explain why the fish weren’t biting!  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


2011 Sauternes First Impressions

Friday, November 18th, 2011

It is early days yet but we might just have a very special 2011 Sauternes vintage on our hands.  I hope you enjoy the videos below.

In my first foray into the cellars since fermentation stopped I visited Xavier Planty at Chateau Guiraud and Laure de Lambert Compeyrot at Chateau Sigalas-Rabaud.  At Guiraud Xavier was very happy despite nearly 60% of his harvest being lost in the Easter Monday hail storm that hit the south west plateau of Sauternes.  His Sauvignon lots, in particular were stunningly fresh and, as this makes up a large percentage of the blend here, we can confidently expect a great Guiraud.

At Sigalas-Rabaud we again tasted all the lots and also had some fun anticipating what the final blend might be.  Here the jury is out on the Sauvignon – yet again it is stunningly fresh but will it blend well?  At the moment Laure is inclined to think not but as the wines are still on their lees there is plenty of time for many changes of opinion after racking and before bottling.