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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.

2011 Vintage Progress Report

Friday, August 26th, 2011

I popped down to Sauternes and Barsac at the beginning of the week and checked up on the grapes at Guiraud, Liot and Clos Haut-Peyraguey.  It’s looking good again but this is a critical stage and the embryonic botrytis needs the right conditions over the next few weeks.

The grapes themselves are excellent with good sugar levels and excellent aromatics.  It will be an early harvest with the first picks starting as early as next week to weed out unwanted ‘beery’ grapes and capture some of the early botrytised bunches.  This will leave the beautifully golden grapes you can see in the videos below to ripen fully and gain an added degree or so of potential alcohol.  Bill Blatch



2010 Sauternes Slips Under the Radar

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Well it isn’t all over until the fat lady sings but most of the audience has left already!  As I write the Medoc 1st Growths, the Super 2nds and the the top Right Bank chateaux are finally releasing their wines onto the market after what has been one of the most criticised and extraordinary En Primeur campaigns.  It has been one of the longest campaigns ever with long lulls followed by intense spurts of activity, not to mention the record prices (for the red wines).

The ‘Embarrasingly Good Vintage that I wrote about in my 2010 Vintage Report has been followed by an ‘Embarrassingly Poor En Primeur Campaign’!

In Sauternes we only await the price for Chateau d’Yquem, which will probably follow those for the 1st Growths Reds.

Sauternes and Barsac have, yet again, suffered in the confusion!  These are amongst the very best wines in the world (see Sauternes – the Best Bordeaux Wine) and yet they are selling for a fraction of the price of the top red wines (see Sauternes – Best Value in Bordeaux).  Despite having the only reasonable pricing policy in Bordeaux the attention has been firmly on the red wines and Sauternes sales have been affected – the apathetic reaction to some of the red wine pricing seems to have rubbed off.

This is such a shame as the wines themselves deserve much, much better.  2010 in Sauternes, and especially Barsac, is utterly irresistible and gets better every time I taste it.  I urge you to take another look at my 2010 Tasting Notes and if you’ve been put off buying reds this year, focus on Sauternes instead!  All the prices are here:

Cases Prices – Bottles or Half Bottles

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Out of interest our Top 10 best selling 2010 wines are as follows:

  1. Ch Raymond Lafon – top for the 2nd year running with fantastic quality at a ultra-reasonable price
  2. Ch Doisy-Vedrines – a big success in 2010
  3. Ch de Myrat – another great value Barsac doing well
  4. Ch Doisy Daene – completing a trio of Barsac wines at reasonable prices
  5. Ch Suduiraut – fantastic quality, one of the wines of the vintage
  6. Ch Coutet – a much more reasonable price in 2010
  7. Ch Guiraud – another high quality wine
  8. Domaine de L’Alliance – we are delighted that this wine is attracting an enthusiastic following
  9. Ch Climens – possibly the wine of the vintage
  10. Ch La Tour Blanche – again a top quality wine

There is a great mix of value and quality in this list – why not put together a mixed case with some or all of these wines included?  Bill Blatch

Sauternes and Chinese Food

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Amidst the madness 2010 En Primeur it was a real pleasure to sit down with some of my Sauternais friends at Vinexpo and taste some great Sauternes alongside some Chinese food.  Below is some video proof that I was there and, I think, appreciated, as are our efforts at Bordeaux Gold to promote their wines.

The Chan brothers, Tommy and André, of the Bordeaux Chinese Restaurant “Le Bonheur du Palais” made a dish for every wine:

  • Marinated Hong You salmon with Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2007, presented by Eric Larramona
  • Yu-Xiang gambas prawn with the Clos Haut-Peyraguey 2005, presented by Martine Langlais-Pauly
  • Caramelised Tchasui pork with Sichuan pepper with the Coutet 2004, presented by Aline Baly
  • Half-cooked beef in red pimiento oil with Guiraud 2003, presented by Xavier Planty
  • Tea-smoked duck with La Tour Blanche 2002, presented by Didier Fréchinet
  • Garlic and ginger chicken with Suduiraut 2001, presented by Pierre Montégut
  • “Folded arms” pork and shrimp (kind of sweet and sour) with Climens 1975, presented by Bérénice Lurton

There were a lot of Chinese-food experts there and the debate quickly became one of the challenge of food pairing in China because all the food is served at the same time.  Tommy had put the spicier dishes with the younger wines, which was thought not necessarily any better.

Frankly, everything went with everything which actually makes it easier to serve Sauternes with Chinese food than other wines – a result!  Bill Blatch