Posts Tagged ‘Domaine de l’Alliance’

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 1

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Welcome back to the wonderful 2009 Sauternes vintage.

I’ve just finished tasting all the major Bordeaux wines from 2009 at the legendary annual Southwold tasting – reds and dry whites as well.  The best Sauternes stole the show with only the top Pomerols and Pauillacs keeping them company.

Below is a video summary of the vintage and reports on of some unclassified and Second Growth wines – this really was a vintage in which everyone had a chance to create top quality wines and these represent fantastic value.  If you haven’t yet got any in your cellar then do take a look at our full list here – 2009 Sauternes

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2011 Domaine de l’Alliance – Last But Not Least

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

In the last year Daniel Alibrand at Domaine de l’Alliance has finally gained the recognition his wines deserve.  He has secured US and UK distribution for most of his production and we couldn’t be more delighted for him.  His persistence in sticking to his principles of making top quality Sauternes seems to have finally paid off.

Happily, he hasn’t forgotten those who have helped him along the way and we have a small allocation of the 2011 – his best wine yet.  Hurry if you would like to make sure of your allocation by clicking on the link below (NB Daniel’s cases are 6 x 50cl bottles so if you want a whole case just order six 50cl bottles):

2011 Domaine de l’Alliance

And that’s it! With Chateau d’Yquem not releasing now is the time to finalise your 2011 Sauternes order!  To see all the wines you can either go to the 2011 Sauternes page at our online shop here – 2011 Sauternes (just click on the link)

Or, we’ve put together all my tasting notes in one place together with the 2011 Vintage Report here – 2011 Sauternes Tasting Notes and Report (again just click on the link)

Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2011 Sauternes looking good in barrel!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

While you are drinking your Sauternes with your Christmas pudding you can rest assured that, in the 2011 Sauternes, a possibly great vintage is slowly maturing in barrel following the finish of the fermentation period.

Both Steve and Venice popped over from England and we raced round a few chateaux in between meetings.  We tasted a range of vintages but below are four videos covering some 2011 wines, both direct from the barrel and from prototype blends.  Whichever way you look at it 2011 is looking very promising although selection, as always, will make the difference between the good and the great wines.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2011 Domaine de l’Alliance – a prototype blend from the brilliant Daniel Alibrand

2011 Clos Haut Peyraguey – we were lucky to call in here just after the Oenologist so were treated to some prepared samples from all of the different lots – thank you Martine and Anthony!

2011 Chateau d’Arche – after a chat in the vineyard with owner Jérôme Cosson who is now also making Sauternes for Clos Dady following it’s Russian takeover we went inside to taste direct from the barrel

2011 Chateau Lamothe Guignard – here co-owner Philippe Guignard shows off samples from 3 of the lots that will come together to make the final blend

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

Individual Bottle or Half Bottle Prices

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

2010 Domaine de L’Alliance – Best Yet!

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Daniel Alibrand, fisherman turned winemaker, goes from strength to strength with his 2010 Domaine de L’Alliance – just released in handy 50cl bottles.  Take a look at the video below to see what Daniel gets up to in his garage, sorry cellar!  Neal Martin was amazed enough to include Daniel in the foreword to his vintage report:

“The region continues to be beset by financial woes and consumer apathy, but that has not deterred young vignerons from throwing the dice and making Sauternes. Take Domaine de l’Alliance for example. After visiting the historic Yquem shrouded in its luxuriant air, I found myself in an unkempt garage on the outskirts of an industrial estate in Langon. Just a few years ago, Daniel Alibrand, commercial fisherman turned winemaker, was welding his vats together, but now this, dare I say, “maverick genius” is making top-class Sauternes from the most rudimentary equipment. It is these kinds of passionate individuals that the region needs.”

2010 Domaine de L’Alliance – £74/half case Bottles (50cl) or £13.33/Bottle (50cl)

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!