Posts Tagged ‘Chateau Haut Bergeron’

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

More Super Value 2011 Sauternes

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

These three super value 2011 Sauternes released this morning sum up the 2011 En Primeur campaign very well – Chateau Haut-Bergeron, Chateau Partarrieu and Chateau de Veyres.

At 21-24 Gold Stars and between £9.55 and £14.55 per bottle they represent quality drinking at a very affordable price.  All of the Sauternes releases so far have been cheaper than last year making this the least expensive of a fantastic trio of superb vintages – Bravo le Sauternais!

Contrast the red Bordeaux campaign where the wines, as judged by Robert Parker, are below the quality of the 2008s and are being released at prices more consistent with the great 2010 and 2009 vintages.  It’s no wonder sales are slow.

Many thanks for the very positive feedback on my 2011 Sauternes Report – it’s even being translated into Chinese as I speak!  For a look at all of the wines that have released so far here’s the link:

2011 Sauternes En Primeur

Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes – first tasting videos

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

OK here we go with some tasting videos for the 2010 Sauternes En Primeur.  Let’s start with some of the lesser wines to see how they have handled the extreme conditions of the 2010 vintage.  Take a look at the video below for a summary of how I think they have performed and then click on the individual links for tasting videos of the individual chateaux

There are a few wines here that I consider of sensational quality – likely to be the very best value within the 2010 vintage.  Bill Blatch

Domaine de l’Alliance, Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne, Chateau Cantegril, Chateau La Clotte-Cazalis, Chateau Haut-Bergeron, Chateau Latrezotte, Chateau Liot, Chateau Partarrieu, Chateau Saint-Marc, Chateau Tuyttens, Chateau de Veyres