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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.

More Super Value 2011 Sauternes

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

These three super value 2011 Sauternes released this morning sum up the 2011 En Primeur campaign very well – Chateau Haut-Bergeron, Chateau Partarrieu and Chateau de Veyres.

At 21-24 Gold Stars and between £9.55 and £14.55 per bottle they represent quality drinking at a very affordable price.  All of the Sauternes releases so far have been cheaper than last year making this the least expensive of a fantastic trio of superb vintages – Bravo le Sauternais!

Contrast the red Bordeaux campaign where the wines, as judged by Robert Parker, are below the quality of the 2008s and are being released at prices more consistent with the great 2010 and 2009 vintages.  It’s no wonder sales are slow.

Many thanks for the very positive feedback on my 2011 Sauternes Report – it’s even being translated into Chinese as I speak!  For a look at all of the wines that have released so far here’s the link:

2011 Sauternes En Primeur

Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

Bill Blatch 2011 Sauternes Report

Monday, April 30th, 2012

I hope you enjoy my full 2011 Sauternes Report published today.  Here is a direct link:

2011 Sauternes Report

I apologise that it has taken longer this year but I have now officially retired (that sounds very odd) from my negociant life at Vintex and saying goodbye has taken up a lot of my time.  The good news is that there should be more time for Sauternes and Bordeaux Gold from now on!

Once you have read the report don’t forget to take a look at the wines here:

2011 Sauternes En Primeur

Just by clicking on a wine label you can get tasting notes from myself, Neal Martin (writing for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate), Jeannie Cho Lee (writing for Decanter), Julia Harding (writing for Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages), James Suckling, Michel Bettane, James Molesworth (writing for The Wine Spectator), Chris Kissack and many more.  For alternative views on the vintage I’d point you towards Neal Martin, Jancis Robinson (both require subscription) or the remarkable Wine Doctor,  Chris Kissack, for an in depth free assessment.

Everyone has something in common though – they all love the incredibly fresh 2011 Sauternes.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2011 Climens Out (and more)

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Four of the very best quality and value wines out this morning:

Climens – as good as it gets from Barsac in this superb vintage. I’ll be interested to hear what score Neal Martin gives this wine later today.

Broustet – the cheapest 2nd Growth on the market and a ridiculous price for the quality Pierre Mauget and Jérémie Gravier have achieved.

Sigalas-Rabaud – I just loved this wine, bravo Laure!

de Myrat –  more great quality Barsac from the de Pontacs, very rich!

Remember all the wines out so far are here – 2011 Sauternes En Primeur.  As a reminder here’s the video Steve and I shot after tasting the 2011 Climens from barrel.  Enjoy! Bill Blatch

More Great Value 2011 Sauternes

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Well the Sauternais certainly aren’t hanging around for Robert Parker tomorrow! Four more releases today including one of the best value wines of the vintage – Chateau Liot – as well as top quality wines from Chateau Coutet, Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau and Chateau d’Arche.

There are now 16 great quality and value Sauternes and Barsac wines to choose from, all available by the bottle – anyone feel a mixed case coming on?  You know where to go by now but here’s the link again below. Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2011 Sauternes En Primeur

7 More 2011 Sauternes Prices Out

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Some great value and great quality to be found amongst these 2011 Sauternes and Barsac releases today:

Bastor-LamontagneCantegrilClos Haut-PeyragueyDoisy-DaeneL’Extravagant de Doisy-DaeneFilhotLamothe-Guignard

Thanks to everyone who has commented so positively on the new Gold Star Scoring System and simplified pricing – it’s great to know we are helping you to buy Sauternes more easily from this superb vintage.  All the wines out so far with their scores can be found at the main

2011 En Primeur Page

Just click on the link and enjoy!  Bill Blatch

First 2011 Sauternes Prices Out

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The first 2011 Sauternes prices are out early – Suduiraut, Doisy-Védrines, Lafaurie-Peyraguey and Raymond-Lafon!

The vintage is superb (my full vintage report will be published within the next two days) and prices so far are the same or slightly lower than last year.  When combined with an improved exchange rate compared to last year this means the wines so far are between 2 and 14% cheaper – this represents good to excellent value for most wines.

To keep an eye on all the 2011 Sauternes prices as they are released bookmark this page – 2011 Sauternes.  You will note that this year, to make things simple, our prices are all by the 75cl bottle – all you have to do is order how many you want of each wine.  If you want a whole case then order 12 bottles, if you just want half a case then order 6 bottles and if you want to mix up cases of any size then just order as many bottles as you want of each wine.  You will be given an opportunity at the end of the En Primeur campaign to tell us how you would like your wines bottled (e.g. halves, bottles, magnums or larger sizes).

We hope you appreciate the flexibility of this system which is unique to Bordeaux Gold!

We have also introduced a new Gold Star Scoring System to help you choose your wines.

2010 Bordeaux – Chateau d’Yquem tastings

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Just to make sure we tasted Chateau d’Yquem four times last week – we really do go the extra mile on your behalf!  One of the tastings was at official reception for the wine at the Bordeaux Opera where Steve and I had to put our suits on (more of that later)! 

You will see in the two clips below, one taken after tasting at the chateau and one with winemaker, Sandrine Garbay, why I was a bit chuffed that they also served the 1988 d’Yquem alongside the canapes. Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

100 Top Sauternes!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

100 Top Sauternes – my idea of Paradise!  This collection is the result of my work over the past 25 years – I have tasted all the wines at the chateaux and selected them personally.  They have all been stored in perfect conditions in Bordeaux ever since they were bottled and we will ship them to the UK for you in April/May.

To see my detailed tasting notes for every wine and decide which wines are for you, but you might want to take a look at this introductory video first – Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2007 Sauternes revisited

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

I spoke about the 2007 Sauternes during the 2009 Primeur campaign as we tasted both vintages alongside each other. With hindsight that was a little unfair as most of the 2007s had only just been bottled. It was clear then that they were beautiful wines but, put alongside the ebullient style of the 2009s, they were overshadowed a little.

How things can change in just under a year! Last month I revisited all the 2007 Bordeaux wines, red, dry white and Sauternes/Barsac alongside a number of top journalists and wine merchants at Southwold. This is an annual event that has been going on now for more years than I care to remember.

Collectively we agreed that the 2007 Sauternes and Barsac wines represented the best ‘flight’ of wines that we could remember tasting, superior to the reds from 2005 and on a par with the 2001 Sauternes but more consistent. I kept a few bottles to share with Steve and we shot this video covering the best of the wines.

We are looking at what stock there is available in Bordeaux of these wines and hope to make some available later this month – watch this space. Bill Blatch