Posts Tagged ‘Wine’

2010 Sauternes First Harvest Videos

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

On a brief visit to some Sauternes vineyards in between trips to the States I managed to catch up with progress at Broustet, Climens, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Guiraud and Raymond Lafon.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to visit more properties but we will do our best to get round as many as we can during the 2010 Sauternes harvest.

Take a peek at this first video of Didier Laulan and his nephew Guillaume Forcade talking in the vineyards of Chateau Broustet in Barsac below and then click on the link below the video to see the next video in the series (there are six short wine videos in total).

Click Here for 2010 Chateau Climens First Picking

The videos, when combined, will give you a good insight into Sauternes 2010 vintage.  The grapes are ripe and Botrytis is beginning to form across the vineyards.  A little rain followed by warmer weather and some humidity would be ideal and could lead to another great vintage but too much rain or continued cold weather could dampen enthusiasm.  Let’s hope for the best!  Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes update and the effect of oak on Sauternes

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I am in Sauternes today having just got back from America to a very dry Bordeaux – some more wine videos will follow over the next few days.

Before I report more fully on the 2010 vintage I thought I’d do a little piece on the effect of oak on Sauternes.

This is a question we get asked about often so here I taste four wines ranging from a humble, but very good generic Sauternes which has been made entirely in stainless steel tanks to some Chateau d’Yquem which is the only chateau that consistently uses 100% new oak casks.  Bill Blatch