Tag: sauternes

Bordeaux 2020: Sauternes and Barsac

In this series, Mark Pardoe MW provides insight into how Bordeaux’s key communes fared in 2020. Here, our Wine Director looks at Sauternes and Barsac, based on a conversation with Olivier Castéja of Ch. Doisy-Védrines. At a glance: Sauternes and Barsac in 2020 Hectares under vine: 2,217 Average yield: 12hl/ha in 2020 (14hl/ha in ’19); […]

Bérénice Lurton on making Asphodèle

Bérénice Lurton inherited Ch. Climens, a Sauternes powerhouse, from her father in 1992. We speak to her about her dry white Bordeaux, Asphodèle.   The fields of Homer’s underworld are strewn with asphodels, whose delicate white petals have long been associated with death.   Unlikely associations, then, for Ch. Climens’ latest wine, a dry white Bordeaux with only two vintages behind it. Asphodèle is born of Bérénice Lurton’s collaboration with Sancerre winemaker Pascal Jolivet. Its association with death, she explains, is no accident.   […]

In defence of Sauternes

Sauternes and the other sweet wines of Bordeaux are all too often overlooked, says Clara Bouffard. Having grown up in the region, she’d like that to change. I grew up in the Bordeaux region. At home, local white and sweet wines were every bit as common as reds. Only when I started travelling did I […]

Why Château d’Yquem still wears the crown

As the latest vintage of the world’s most famous sweet wine is released, Jared Ehret from our Fine Wine team explains what makes the noble elixir made at Sauternes estate Château d’Yquem unique