Posts Tagged ‘Chateau Nairac’

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

No 2013 Yquem En Primeur!

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Chateau d’Yquem, along with Chateau Raymond-Lafon, Chateau d’Arche and Chateau Lamothe-Guignard have decided not to offer their 2013 Sauternes wines en primeur.  Yquem’s reason is similar to the one given for not releasing the 2011 during the en primeur campaign – they feel the wine they have made deserves to be sold in a healthier economic climate.

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I have some sympathy with this view – they have just got 95-97 pts from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and have been widely acclaimed as the best wine of the vintage, red or white.  Why should they release in the midst of a disastrous En Primeur campaign caused by over-pricing among some of the red wines?

Unfortunately is does mean that we cannot offer these wines at this moment but there is always an alternative! Chateau de Fargues has taken a defiant stance on price and increased it to a level they feel more suited to a wine they feel is a classic.  I have some sympathy with this approach too and the wine is certainly top quality.

Even better value though is the offer from our old favourite, Daniel Alibrand at Domaine de l’Alliance.  If you want top class Sauternes from a top vintage at an attractive price then this has to be your wine.  There are excellent offerings out too from Barsac Second Growths Chateau Broustet and Chateau Nairac.

For all the wines available in half and full bottles visit our full 2013 Sauternes En Primeur Offer.

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).

2009 Sauternes Tasting From Bottle – Part 2

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Another tasting video from the sensational 2009 Sauternes vintage below – this time some Barsac second growths.

They include the sweetest wine of the vintage at a phenomenal 185g/litre of residual sugar, Chateau Nairacand the great value Chateau Doisy-Vedrines.  We have bottles of the Nairac and halves of the Doisy-Vedrines available for immediate delivery in the UK – just click on the links!

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

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

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