Posts Tagged ‘en primeur’

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

2009 Sauternes… and finally Chateau d’Yquem!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

At Chateau d’Yquem we had a private tasting with Technical Manager, Francis Mayeur. He also showed us the 2007 Ygrec (their dry white wine) and the 2007 d’Yquem for comparison. The conclusion (helped by Francis’s charts) was that, where 2007 was a case of ‘great botrytis on good grapes’, in 2009 Sauternes experienced ‘great botrytis on great grapes’. That just about says in all – expect a doubly great d’Yquem!

I’m going to pause for breath now for a little bit but don’t forget to sign up for my full tasting notes at the top right hand corner of the page, especially if you are interested in buying Sauternes and Barsac wines in the 2009 En Primeur campaign (expected any time after Easter). Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes – First Growths (1 of 2)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The smile on my face says it all! I have never tasted anything like this before – the 2009 Sauternes and Barsac First Growths are consistently brilliant. In this first of two videos I give my first impressions of Coutet, de Fargues, de Rayne Vigneau, Guiraud, Lafaurie-Peyraguey and La Tour Blanche – if you watch one video then this should be the one!

I’ve promised Steve that my full tasting notes will be written up very soon so don’t forget to sign up at the top right hand corner of the page if you haven’t already and would like to have them. Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes – Second Growths (2 of 2)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Now it is the turn of Doisy-Vedrines, Filhot, Lamothe, Lamothe-Guignard and Nairac to show off in front of the flip cam.

Next up are the First Growths! At this stage I can definitely say that there is more to the 2009 Sauternes and Barsac wines than the 2007s, certainly in terms of sweetness, up front fruit flavours and overall consistency. The 2007s are great wines that may be a little shy at this stage having just been bottled, something that definitely can’t be said of the big and bold 2009s. Bill Blatch