Posts Tagged ‘Chateau Liot’

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

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).

2012 Sauternes and Barsac Bargain Case

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Here is my selection of the best bargain’s from the 2012 Sauternes and Barsac vintage.  And they are real bargains as, contrary to popular belief following the non-declaration of Yquem, there were parts of Sauternes and especially Barsac where making good wine was still possible.  The negative climate around the vintage has meant very reasonable prices for what are some super drinking wines.

If you buy anything from 2012 then this is the case!  Click HERE for 12 half bottles or HERE for the 12 bottle case.  To hear why the wines are such a good buy just listen to the video below.

Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

Best 2012 Barsac Bargain Yet?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Barsac provided undoubtedly one of the best terroirs for the 2012 Sauternes vintage.  If Climens was the best wine in 2012 and Broustet the best value classed growth, then Chateau Liot is undoubtedly the best Barsac bargain yet for early drinking.  Situated right next to Climens with the water retentive chalk subsoils, that really helped to keep fresh botrytis throughout the picking season, this is a must buy and will definitely feature in our upcoming Best Value Case.  Here’s my tasting video:

All the 2012 wines can be found by clicking – HERE!

Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

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 – 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

2010 Sauternes – Final Top 40
(with Neal Martin’s Wine Advocate scores)

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

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)
2.   d’Yquem (-1) – Just pipped to the No.1 spot
3.   Climens (+2) – Into the top 3!
4.   Suduiraut (-1) – Slips out of the top 3! PRICE RELEASED – £562/£578 bottles/halves
5.   Coutet (+3) – Progress up the charts for Barsac!
6.   Rieussec (-1) – A slight faller!
7.   Guiraud (-2) – Another on the way down slightly PRICE RELEASED – £349/£365 bottles/halves
8.   La Tour Blanche (-4) – The biggest faller in the top 10!  PRICE RELEASED – £441/£457 bottles/halves
9.   Doisy Daene (+4) – Up into the top 10 for the first time!
10. Lafaurie-Peyraguey (-1) – Hanging on in the top 10 – just! PRICE RELEASED – £338/£354 bottles/halves
11. Doisy-Vedrines (-1) – Just outside the top 10 but a good run in the charts! PRICE RELEASED – £234/£250 bottles/halves
12. Raymond Lafon (+5) – A big mover up the charts this week! PRICE RELEASED – £292/£308 bottles/halves
13=. de Rayne Vigneau (-2) – Down 2 places
13=. Nairac (+2) – Up 2 places
15. Clos Haut-Peyraguey (-3) – Falling but still in the top 15! PRICE RELEASED – £344/£360 bottles/halves
16. Rabaud-Promis (+2) – Moving up the charts!
17. de Fargues (-1) – Why is this not further up the chart?
18. Sigalas Rabaud (-2) – Good top 20 position! PRICE RELEASED – £349/£365 bottles/halves
19. de Myrat (+1) – Still moving up!
20. Haut-Bergeron (+11) – A big mover into the top 20!
21. d’Arche (+1) – Steady progress up the chart!  PRICE RELEASED – £210/£226 bottles/halves
22. Caillou (-3) – Out of the top 20!
23. Filhot (+2) – Another one on the way up!  PRICE RELEASED – £177/£193 bottles/halves
24. Broustet (-) – The only non-mover in the top 25! PRICE RELEASED – £143/£159 bottles/halves
25. de Malle (-4) – Hanging on in the top 25! PRICE RELEASED – £232/£248 bottles/halves
26. Les Justices (-) – Another non-mover!
27. Lamothe Despujols (+6) – A big move up the chart!
28. Bastor-Lamontagne (-1) – Down 1 place only!  PRICE RELEASED – £164/£180 bottles/halves
29. Cantegril (-) – A non-mover!
30=. Tuyttens (+1) – Into the top 30!
30=. de Veyres (+5) – A big move into the top 30!  PRICE RELEASED – £137/£153 bottles/halves
32. Lamothe Guignard (-4) – Out of the top 30!  PRICE RELEASED – £168/£184 bottles/halves
33. Domaine de L’Alliance (+5) – Another big mover up the chart!
34. Romer du Hayot (23) – This week’s biggest faller!   PRICE RELEASED – £140/£156 bottles/halves
35. Suau (-1) – A slight faller!
36. Romer (-5) – Down 5 places!
37. La Clotte-Cazalis (-2) = Another faller!
38. Liot (-) – A non-mover! PRICE RELEASED – £140/£156 bottles/halves
39. Saint-Marc (+1) – Progress up the chart!   PRICE RELEASED – £125/£141 bottles/halves
40. Partarrieu (-3) – Falling but still in the top 40!

2010 Sauternes Top 40 Chart (now includes
Jancis Robinson scores)

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

There are some big movers this week after scores from Jancis Robinson (log in required), Rene Gabriel (the renowned Swiss German critic) and others.  The chart is settling down a little but there are quite big variations in scores from critic to critic (just click on a wine name to see for yourself).

Why?  Well, different tastes and different samples may account for the variance but I do feel that some just don’t understand Sauternes as well as others and I suspect that for a few Sauternes is a bit of an afterthought when compared to the red wines as it can be with wine merchants and consumers as well.  I hope I am wrong but fear not!

For our part we remain of the opinion that the 2010 vintage is another great vintage – different in style but equally as fine in quality as its predecessor, 2009.  Some of these properties have produced their best wines ever in the last two years and they are still getting indifferent marks – the record seems to be stuck!  Quite why de Fargues, Raymond Lafon and Sigalas Rabaud are being scored so low I cannot understand and no one has recognised, for example, the fantastic progress made by de Malle this year!

See all the scores and tasting notes for yourself by clicking on a wine name –  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

1. d’Yquem (3) – Up to No. 1!
2. L’Extravagant de Doisy Daene (2) – Down from Number 1 but based on only 3 scores so far (most wines have 6-11 scores averaged out)!
3. Suduiraut (4) – Up One Place!
4. La Tour Blanche (6=) – Up Two Places!
5=. Climens (2),  Guiraud (8) & Rieussec (6=) – Down Three for Climens but still just 2 scores as the wine has to be tasted from barrel – Guiraud & Rieussec Both Up!
8. Coutet (5) – A Faller in the Top Ten – Down 3!
9. Lafaurie-Peyraguey (13) – Up 4 Places – a Big Mover!
10. Doisy-Vedrines (11) – Into the Top Ten!
11. de Rayne Vigneau (10) – Down One Place!
12. Clos Haut-Peyraguey (9) – Out of the Top Ten!
13. Doisy Daene (12) – Down 1 Place!
14. Sigalas Rabaud (16) – Up 2 Places!
15. Nairac (14) – Down One Place!
16. de Fargues (15) – Moving Down – why this isn’t higher up the charts we can’t understand!
17. Raymond Lafon (20=) – Deservedly Moving Up!
18. Rabaud-Promis (17) – Down 1 Place!
19. Caillou (18) – Down 1 after Last Week’s Big Rise!
20. de Myrat (22) – Moving Up!
21. de Malle (24=) – Up 3 Places!
22. d’Arche (24=) – Progress This Week!
23. Romer du Hayot (23) – No Change!  PRICE RELEASED – £140/£156 bottles/halves
24. Broustet (26=) – Up 2 Places!
25. Filhot (19) – A Big Faller!
26. Les Justices (20=) – Another Big Faller (but only 3 scores so far)!
27. Bastor-Lamontagne (26=) – Just Down 1 Place!
28. Lamothe Guignard (28=) – A Non-Mover!
29. Cantegril (-) – Straight into the Charts  – but based on just 2 scores!
30. Romer (-) – Another New Entry!
31=. Haut-Bergeron(-) & Tuyttens (-) – 2 More New Entries!
33. Lamothe Despujols (30) – Down 3 Places!
34. Suau (28=) – Down 6 Places!
35=. La Clotte-Cazalis (-) & de Veyres (-) – Another 2 New Entries!
37.  Partarrieu (-) – Straight into the Charts!
38=. Liot (-) & Domaine de L’Alliance (-) – More New Entries This Week!
40. Saint-Marc (-) – This Week’s Final New Entry!

2010 Bordeaux or Older?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

There is no doubt 2010 and 2009 are exceptional vintages – 10 cylinder turbocharged ones compared to the 6 cylinders of the last great pair in 1989 and 1990 according to Alexandre Thienpont of Vieux Chateau Certan.  I wouldn’t disagree – I certainly haven’t seen anything like them in my 35+ years in Bordeaux.

But do they represent value?  Some would not put a price on greatness but when, as in Sauternes, you add 2007, 2005 and 2001 into the picture the situation becomes complicated.  Others just want good value drinking and there are plenty of recent Sauternes vintages for that.

I think it is worth taking a last look at the 100 Top Sauternes Spring Offer (just click on the Big Blue Box to the right of this post) before the 2010s are released.  Be quick though as this offer closes at the end of the month!  The video and prices below might help you to make up your mind.

1998 Doisy Daene £256.79 Ex VAT (2009 was £312 EX Duty and VAT, the 2010 will be £???) – over 17.5% cheaper for a good drinking vintage!
1995 La Tour Blanche – half bottles £386.02 (2009 was £486, the 2010???) – over 20% cheaper for an underestimated vintage!
1999 Nairac £330.63 (2009 was £505, the 2010???) – 35% cheaper for this forgotten vintage!
1997 de Fargues – half bottles £502.94 (2009 was £1,121, the 2010???) – a staggering 55% cheaper for a great vintage!
1997 d’Yquem – half bottles £2,472.17 (2009 was £6,329, the 2010???) – a bewildering 61% cheaper for great drinking d’Yquem!

My personal top 5 wines from the offer are: 2001 de Rayne Vigneau, 2003 La Clotte-Cazalis, 2003 d’Arche, 2004 Liot – half bottles and 2007 Clos Haut-Peyraguey – half bottles Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes – Top of the Pops

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

As you know we don’t score wines but, just for fun, here’s an interim Top 30 of how the 2010 Sauternes are impressing the critics so far (2009 positions are in brackets).  We’ll update this every week until the Wine Advocate scores are published and we’ll give final chart positions.  Just click on a link for more about each wine including my tasting videos.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

1. L’Extravagant de Doisy Daene (2) – Straight in at Number 1 but based on only 1 score so far!
2. Climens (3) – Another New Entry but again just 1 score!
3. d’Yquem (1) – Down from Number 1 – Let’s Wait and See!
4. Suduiraut (4) – A Non-Mover!
5. Coutet (7) – Can this stay in the Top 5?
6=. La Tour Blanche (5) & Rieussec (6) – Non-Movers
8. Guiraud (10) – Moving Up the Charts!
9. Clos Haut-Peyraguey (16) – A Big Mover!
10. de Rayne Vigneau (15) – Into the Top Ten!
11. Doisy-Vedrines (22) – One of 2010’s Biggest Movers?
12. Doisy Daene (21) – Another Big Mover from Barsac!
13. Lafaurie-Peyraguey (11) – A Slight Faller?
14. Nairac (14) – A Non-Mover this Year?
15. de Fargues (12) – Moving Down in 2010?
16. Sigalas Rabaud (13) – Can this Climb Again?
17. Rabaud-Promis (17) – Another Non-Mover?
18. Caillou (30=) – A Rapid Rise up the Chart!
19. Filhot (29) – Another Big Move up the Charts!
20=. Raymond Lafon (8=) & Les Justices (20) – Last Year’s Big Hit and a Non-Mover (but 1 score only for both so far)!
22. de Myrat (23=) – Progress Up the Chart?
23. Romer du Hayot (39) – This Year’s Biggest Mover? PRICE RELEASED – £140/£156 bottles/halves
24=. de Malle (25=) & d’Arche (30=) – Both on the Up?
26=. Broustet (36) & Bastor-Lamontagne (38) – Two Big Movers!
28=. Lamothe Guignard (30=) & Suau (37) – Upward Movement Again?
30. Lamothe Despujols (30=) – A Non-Mover?

Bubbling Under – Domaine de L’AllianceCantegril, La Clotte-Cazalis, Haut-Bergeron, Latrezotte, Liot, Partarrieu, Saint-Marc, Tuyttens & de Veyres