Posts Tagged ‘d’Yquem’

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.

2013yquematchateau 300x168 No 2013 Yquem En Primeur!

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 steve@bordeauxgold.com 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.

2011 Sauternes Chart

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

The 2011 Sauternes Chart has been updated to include a few new wines released this week!  Below are the top wines according to the average scores from a ‘shrivel’ of 15 famous critics (an appropriate collective noun!).

The first thing to point out is that, by everyone’s reckoning, Château d’Yquem is the best 2011 wine across Bordeaux (reds and whites) and that the top 10 Sauternes wines would all make the top 30 overall Bordeaux wines on average scores – again demonstrating that 2011 is a superb vintage in Sauternes compared to the rest of Bordeaux (as detailed in my 2011 Sauternes Report).

Secondly, the wines nearly all score much higher than they did in 2010 and are all, so far, less expensive.  This makes them all good buys in my opinion with some exceptional value wines throughout the chart!  Prices for the remaining wines will be out soon.

For a full list click here – 2011 Sauternes En Primeur or click on any of the wine names or prices below for full tasting notes or to buy.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

1.      Château d’Yquem, average score = 96.5 (2010 = 95.5)
2.      Château Climens = 94.9 (2010 = 92.6) – released at £64.15/bt
3.      L’Extravagant de Doisy Daëne = 94.2 (2010 = 95.6) – £255.00/bt
4.      Château Suduiraut = 93.6 (2010 = 92.1) – £40.85/bt
5=.   Château Guiraud = 92.9 (2010 = 91.2) - £27.90/bt
5=.   Château Rieussec = 92.9 (2010 = 91.2) - £40.40/bt
5=.   Château Coutet = 92.9 (2010 = 91.3) – £38.90/bt
8.      Château Doisy Daëne = 92.8 (2010 = 90.6) - £24.50/bt
9=.   Château Raymond Lafon = 92.6 (2010 = 90.6) – £22.10/bt
9=.   Château de Fargues = 92.6 (2010 = 90.0) – £68.25/bt
11.   Château Doisy-Védrines = 92.5 (2010 = 90.2) – £19.15/bt
12.    Château de Rayne-Vigneau = 92.2 (2010 = 88.7) – £24.55/bt
13.    Clos Haut-Peyraguey = 92.0 (2010 = 89.4) – £27.45/bt
14.    Château La Tour-Blanche = 91.9 (2010 = 90.3) – £32.50/bt
15.    Château Nairac= 91.8 (2010 = 89.5) – £31.25/bt
16.    Château Sigalas-Rabaud = 91.6 (2010 = 88.7) – £26.50/bt
17.    Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey = 91.5 (2010 = 90.0) – £23.45/bt
18.    Château Rabaud-Promis = 91.1 (2010 = 89.4) – N/A*
19.    Château de Myrat = 90.8 (2010 = 88.0) – £17.50/bt
20.    Château Caillou = 90.6 (2010 = 86.4) – £17.50/bt
21.    Château de Malle = 90.3 (2010 = 87.5) – £21.10/bt
22.    Château Filhot = 90.0 (2010 = 86.2) – £14.15/bt
23.    Château d’Arche = 89.8 (2010 = 85.7) – £16.30/bt
24.    Château Romer du Hayot = 89.5 (2010 = 84.8) – £11.25/bt
25=. Château Lamothe-Guignard = 89.3 (2010 = 85.1) – £13.50/bt
25=. Château Haut-Bergeron = 89.3 (2010 = 86.4) – £14.55/bt
27=. Château Bastor Lamontagne = 89.2 (2010 = 86.6) – £13.30/bt
27=. Château Broustet = 89.2 (2010 = 85.2) – £12.75/bt
29.    Domaine de l’Alliance = 89.0 (2010 = 84.5)
30.    Château Cantegril = 88.9 (2010 = 85.0) – £12.50/bt
31.    Château Liot = 88.5 (2010 = 80.7) – £11.25/bt
32.    Château Lamothe-Despujols = 88.1 (2010 = 84.5) – £15.50/bt
33.    Château de Veyres = 87.7 (2010 = 85.0) – £11.20/bt
34=. Château Partarrieu = 87.5 (2010 = 78.8) – £9.55/bt
34=.  Château La Clotte-Cazalis = 87.5 (2010 = 84.5) – £13.35/bt
36.    Château Latrezotte = 87.0 (2010 N/A)

* Either price or low availability means that we will not be offering these wines in 2011 – they are good though!
The ‘shrivel’ of critics whose scores go towards the averages above are: Jane Anson, Tim Atkin, Michel Bettane, Jeannie Cho Lee, Julia Harding, Matthew Jukes, Panos Kakaviatos, Chris Kissack, Izak Litwar, Nea
l Martin, Philippe Maurange, James Molesworth, Jean-Marc Quarin, James Suckling and Roger Voss.

2011 Yquem Tasting

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Great wines bring a smile to my face and I think that’s what is going on here!  Pierre Lurton, Sandrine Garbay, Francis Mayeur and everyone at Yquem can be very proud of their efforts in 2011 – a great team.  Do take a look at this video for an excellent summary of the weather and how it affected the grapes and, ultimately, the wine.  A memorable tasting to lighten up the new tasting room at Yquem.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch