Posts Tagged ‘d’Yquem’

2014 Sauternes Introduction

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

There is no doubt that the 2014 Sauternes are the best part of the vintage – take my word for it.  For my full summary take a look at the short video below.

I think, for example, that we could have the best Chateau d’Yquem since 2001 in the making and there are many lesser wines of the highest quality.  Enjoy!   Bill Blatch

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.


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

2013 Sauternes Overview Including Yquem, Rieussec and Climens

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Rot is a good word in Sauternes – Noble Rot that is!  The same fungus that produced wretched Grey Rot across the red wine vineyards of Bordeaux produced fine, fresh botrytis on the grapes of Sauternes and Barsac.  The wines are in the fresh botrytis style of the 2011s, 2007s and 2001s rather than the riper 2010s, 2009s and 2003s but it is a very good year.

The overview video below sums up the growing season and the style of wines shortly to be offered as 2013 En Primeur Sauternes.  Below that are a few clips taken at Yquem, Rieussec, Climens and Raymond-Lafon that add a little more flavour.  Detailed tasting videos for most of the wines will follow when I’ve learned how to use the new file transfer software that Steve has downloaded onto my laptop!  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2011 Yquem – An Insane Precociousness!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

We just happened upon the information sheets below for Chateau d’Yquem 2011 which, you will remember was never released in 2012.

Could it finally be that this remarkable wine is about to become available?  Contact Steve at if you are interested in finding out more as and when things happen as we may be able to offer a very small allocation.

2011 Yquem

2011 Yquem – Technical Information

As a reminder here are some of our previous posts about 2011 Yquem:

2011 Yquem Tasting

What Price 2011 Chateau d’Yquem?

What Price 2011 Chateau d’Yquem? STOP PRESS

Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2012 Yquem – Pierre Lurton Interview

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

The big news about 2012 Sauternes is that there will be no Chateau d’Yquem.  In general the vintage is good, way beyond the expectations of the market which has wrongly interpreted this decision as applying to the whole appellation.  We thought, however, it would be useful for everyone to understand Yquem’s decision making first before we let you you know more about the more positive side of the vintage.

We’ve therefore interviewed Pierre Lurton at some length in the clip below.  To summarise what he says, for Yquem it is all about excellence and they realised during the harvest that they were not going to get the complexity of aromatics that is associated with their wine.  For others it was different, as you will see over the next few weeks, but Pierre made the early decision not to make a 2012 Yquem.

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

What Price 2011 Château d’Yquem? STOP PRESS

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

It turns out the price fetched in my previous post for the case of 2011 Château d’Yquem included a personal tour of the property and lunch for four people so there isn’t a direct comparison to be made with other vintages.  There were 2 similar lots offered last week.  Firstly, in the UK at the Christie’s auction on Thursday 21st February someone secured a case at £8,050.  Even more astonishingly another lot in the US at the Sotheby’s auction on Saturday 23rd February fetched £16,175.

Maybe we should be offering an al fresco picnic overlooking the vineyards of Yquem when the wine is eventually available?  Any takers?

We will, of course, let you know when the wine is on general release which should be soon.  It was certainly sensational when tasted en primeur!  Bill Blatch

What Price 2011 Château d’Yquem?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The 2011 vintage of Château d’Yquem wasn’t released last year because of the depressed market conditions.  Now we also know that there will be no 2012 vintage produced.  At the time they felt that they had made a fantastic wine that merited releasing at a more propitious moment.  It still hasn’t been released onto the general market but some clever pre-release promotion has been taking place.  A case was put up for sale at a French auction last week with the bottle size to be decided by the customer.

I contacted the château about this unusual strategy and their response was very interesting.  The auction sale included the 2011 as a way of conjuring up support for the vintage, which may not have been the case if it had “opened” through the normal channels.  It was felt that the reputation of Sauternes 2011, very often totally wrongly associated with the lighter style of the reds when in fact it is a great Sauternes vintage, would dampen a general offer.  This is therefore yet to come at an unspecified date.  They made it very clear that this is just a little toe in the water just to foster support (which it did as it sold very well) and in no way suggests that Yquem will be pursuing a Latour policy.

And the price?  Well a case sold for 9,844 Euros or roughly £8,175, much higher than the prices achieved at the auction for the 1988, 1989 or 1990 vintages.  Looking at Liv-Ex trade prices this is over twice the price of the 2009, nearly twice the price of the 2001 and higher than the most recent sales of the 1975 and 1967 vintages.

The bar has been set!  Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Tasting From Bottle – Part 4

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Finally, the remaining First Growth 2009 Sauternes including Rieussec, Suduiraut and Yquem!  Does the Yquem shine – watch the video below to find out.

One thing is clear about this vintage – there is fantastic quality across all price brackets.  The wines will bring great pleasure for many years to come but I suspect that pretty soon supplies of the best wines will begin to become a little scarce.  For all the stock we hold just click on this link!

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2011 d’Yquem will not be released En Primeur

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

In a move that echoes the decision of Chateau Latour to withdraw from the En Primeur market, Chateau d’Yquem have decided not to release the 2011 vintage….yet!?  Don’t worry too much though as there are some fantastic alternative suggestions below – just read on.

This makes business sense as, for the red wines at least, I can’t remember such a disappointing En Primeur campaign with release after release meeting with stony silence from buyers across the world.  Much better to sell your wine in a more positive climate and, frankly, I’m surprised that more didn’t take this line.  Instead brand Bordeaux has taken a big negative hit as a result of the initially delayed and then hastily rushed series of openings at prices mostly beyond what the market was willing to pay.

Thankfully Sauternes has rightfully emerged with an intact reputation, mainly because prices were consistent with the quality of the vintage which was, as everyone realises, excellent in 2011.  At the same time economic conditions were taken into account and the 2011’s were for the most part cheaper than the 2010’s and 2009’s, representing excellent value.

The case of Chateau d’Yquem is, however, a little different as recent prices have been high as a policy of following the prices of the red First Growths has been adopted.  I absolutely agree that as a wine it is at least the equal of anything else produced in Bordeaux, especially in 2011 where it was without doubt the wine of the vintage, but this does mean that older vintages of Yquem and other top Sauternes and Barsac do look relatively well priced at the moment.

So here are a few suggestions for anyone disappointed not to have the opportunity to buy some 2011 Chateau d’Yquem:

Chateau Raymond-Lafon – the next best thing, literally speaking, to Yquem, especially as some of the vineyards used to belong to Yquem before the property was bought by Yquem’s former manager, Pierre Meslier, in 1972.  The 2011 Chateau Raymond-Lafon has been our best selling Sauternes precisely because of its super quality to price ratio, so click on the link above to buy some before the En Primeur offer closes.

Another wine with strong Yquem connections is the 2011 Chateau de Fargues, owned by Comte Alexander de Lur Saluces, in charge at Yquem when Pierre Meslier of Raymond-Lafon was manager and until the property was sold to LMVH in 2004.  Not as exceptional value as Raymond-Lafon but this is an exquisite wine of the very highest quality – I will certainly be buying some personally as this chateau has been known to produce wines that reduce me to tears of joy!  If you’d like to join me in buying a few bottles or more just click on the link above.

And finally, if Yquem it must be, then there is real value in older vintages and nowhere better than the 1998 Chateau d’Yquem of which we have a few cases of 12 half bottles at only just over £1,000 (the 2007 in comparison is around £2,500) – once again just click on the click to go directly to this wine in our online shop.