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White Bordeaux

  • With more and more Sauvignon Blanc being planted, traditional dry white Bordeaux, with its focus on Semillon, is becoming less common. The Semillon adds depth and richness which with time can take on an almost Burgundian character.
  • The sweet whites of Bordeaux owe their existence to one of Natures bizarre gifts. The climate of the area promotes the development of a particular form of mould – Botrytis cinerea, more commonly known as “noble rot”. This effects the grapes, especially the Semillon, and has the effect of splitting the skins of the grape which allows evaporation of a portion of the water content thereby increasing the sugar concentration of the juice. The resulting wines are rich, sweet and wonderfully textured. Whilst noble rot is not unique to Bordeaux, it is here that the very finest of these styles of wine are found, in the communes of Sauternes and Barsac.
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  • Château Villefranche 2015, Sauternes, Henri Guinabert et Fils, 14% vol, 37.5cl

    Château Villefranche 2015, Sauternes, Henri Guinabert et Fils, 14% vol, 37.5cl

    BB01

    A 17 ha property just to the south of the village of Barsac that has been in the Guinabert family for over 350 years.

     

    85% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle.

     

    Pale golden straw in appearance, the nose is fresh with characteristic Botrytis honey and hints of apricots and marmalade. The palate is middle weight, not too sweet but very elegant. A delicious and very well balanced Sauternes.

     

    Half Bottle

    £13.86

  • Sauternes “Gold Reserve” 1998, Château Filhot, 13.5%vol, 75cl

    Sauternes “Gold Reserve” 1998, Château Filhot, 13.5%vol, 75cl

    BB04

    A mature wine from the renowned Sauternes property of Château Filhot.

     

    “Gold Reserve” 1998 is a light and elegant style. Not the sweetest of Sauternes but full of dried fruit and marmalade flavours. It is well suited as an aperitif or to partner rich savoury dishes such as rich pâtés, or cheeses (especially Roquefort). If you want to use it as a dessert wine choose a light, fruit dish.

     

     

     

     

    £16.80

  • Château de Ricaud 2015, Loupiac, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Château de Ricaud 2015, Loupiac, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    BB02

    To the south of Bordeaux city, near Cadillac, Château Ricaud boasts an exceptionally diverse array of soils. Impressed by its quality potential and the architectural splendour of the château, Alain Thiénot (of Champagne fame) bought the property in 1980 and has subsequently put in place a remodelling plan to transform the estate into a benchmark Loupiac and to create a Côtes de Bordeaux worthy of the finest wines.

     

    Loupiac lies across the River Garonne from Sauternes.

     

    Set in a natural amphitheatre and surrounded by three streams, no other spot in the appellation is more affected by the alternating misty and very dry conditions essential to produce the fungus Botrytis Cinerea or “noble rot”.


    Given its location, Château de Ricaud is one of the rare estates where this magic is guaranteed to take place and every year, allowing without fail, the incredible transformation to take place, creating wonderfully aromatic golden nectar.

     

    100% Semillon, vinified and then aged in oak (20% of which is new) for 12 months.

     

    Attractive golden appearance. Lovely freshness on the intense bouquet, full of peach and citrus fruit aromas. The aromas are mirrored on the palate, where they combine with lovely mature noble rot character offering typical apricot and orange rind notes. With beautifully balanced acidity and rich sweetness, the wine has a lingering, aromatic and fresh finish.

     

    £19.56

  • Château Fourcas Dupré 2016, Grand Vin Blanc Sec, Bordeaux, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Château Fourcas Dupré 2016, Grand Vin Blanc Sec, Bordeaux, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    BB05

    The origins of Fourcas Dupré can be traced back to the mid 19th century when, in 1843, the lawyer Jean Baptiste Antoine Dupré, a member of the Bordeaux Appeal Court, bought the property.

     

    The estate is now run by Patrice Pagès, nephew of the late Marc Pagès of Château La Tour de By.

     

    The white wine is a new departure for this fine Listrac property. It is produced from grapes from a 1.2 hectare vineyard situated on the side of the gravel ridge where most of the property’s vines are sited. 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon, the grapes are hand picked and fermented in oak barriques followed by ageing in wood with regular bâtonage (lees stirring) to add real depth of flavour and mouthfeel to the wine.

     

    Pale straw in colour, the nose is fresh with citrus notes and hints of exotic fruits. The palate is dry with full, ripe fruit supported nicely by firm balancing acidity.

     

    £21.06

  • Château Villefranche 2013, Sauternes, Henri Guinabert et Fils, 14% vol, 75cl

    Château Villefranche 2013, Sauternes, Henri Guinabert et Fils, 14% vol, 75cl

    BB17

    A 17 ha property just to the south of the village of Barsac that has been in the Guinabert family for over 350 years.

     

    85% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle.

     

    Pale golden straw in appearance, the nose is fresh with characteristic Botrytis honey and hints of apricots and marmalade. The palate is middle weight, not too sweet but very elegant. A delicious and very well balanced Sauternes.

    £22.56

  • Cyprès de Climens 2012, Barsac, 13.5% vol, 37.5cl

    Cyprès de Climens 2012, Barsac, 13.5% vol, 37.5cl

    BB03

    The second wine of Château Climens, Cyprèe de Climens is 100% Semillon.

     

    The history of the estate dates back to the 16th century but today it is in the ownership of the Lurton family with Bérénice Lurton currently at the helm.

     

    The vineyards of Climens cover more than 30 hectares in one continuous vineyard surrounding the château and have an average age of 35 years.

     

    Fermentation is in cask followed by a further 12 month period of maturation in barrel.

     

    The wine has a lovely yellow/ amber colour with an aromatic nose, with vanilla hints, and notes of candied yellow fruits, apricot and honey. The palate is soft and rounded with excellent texture, richness and great length. A lovely Barsac.

     

    Half Bottle

    £23.16

  • Château Lamothe-Bouscaut Blanc 2014, Pessac-Léognan Sophie Lurton & Laurent Cogombles, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Château Lamothe-Bouscaut Blanc 2014, Pessac-Léognan Sophie Lurton & Laurent Cogombles, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    BB18

    Situated in Cadaujac, Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is an old  wine estate dating back to the 17th century and beyond. The 12 hectare estate was bought by neighbouring Château Bouscaut in 1999 and is now part of the Lurton empire.

     

    The white wine is from 35 year old Sauvignon Blanc (70%) and Semillon (30%) vines grown on limestone, clay and gravel soils.

     

    Fermentation is in temperature-controlled stainless steel followed by 6-10 months in old oak.

     

    Pale gold in appearance, the nose has aromas of exotic fruits and hints of vanilla. On the palate, the wine is dry, fresh and rounded with great depth and balancing acidity. The finish is very long.

     

    £24.60

  • Château Bouscaut 2013 Blanc, Grand Cru-Classé de Graves, Pessac-Léognan, Sophie Lurton & Laurent Cogombles, 13% vol, 75cl

    Château Bouscaut 2013 Blanc, Grand Cru-Classé de Graves, Pessac-Léognan, Sophie Lurton & Laurent Cogombles, 13% vol, 75cl

    The origins of this estate date back to the 17th century, but more recently, Bouscaut was acquired in 1979 by Lucien Lurton, a well known Bordeaux winemaker who already owned at least ten other prestigious châteaux throughout Bordeaux. Today the estate is run by Sophie Lurton, Lucien’s daughter and her husband Laurent Cogombles. Laurent  is also the present president of the appellation Pessac-Léognan.

     

    There are 47 hectares under vine.  The barrel fermented white is a mix of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Sémillon, from 150 year old rootstock grown on clay and gravel soils.

     

    The grapes were picked by hand and carefully sorted in the vineyard before arriving at the winery. Vinification was in oak barrels, 40% of which were new, with regular batonnage (stirring of the lees) to add depth and integration of the wood into the wine. The finished wine was then aged for 12 months in wood – 30% of which was new.

     

    Light golden in colour with a fresh and intense nose with flinty mineral notes, fine oak, roasted nuts, grapefruit, peaches and citrus notes. The palate is fresh and vibrant with juicy fruit and fine balancing minerality in the long finish.

    £50.88