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Bordeaux Blanc 2009

‘Bauduc Blanc is the Holy Grail for those of you who can't get the pot pourri and fruit salad notes out of your olfactory system left behind by chemistry set, bulk-bottled Sauvignon. It is classy, elegant, nerve-tingling and, dare I say it, what we should all taste to remind us what Sauvignon Blanc should be like!.’ Wine of the Month, The Week and Money Week, October 2012, by Matthew Jukes
£9.50 per bottle, available in cases of 6 (£57) or 12 (£112). Sorry - sold out.

‘Points v prices’ often throws up some anomalies but we couldn’t resist these scores by Jancis Robinson, the UK’s most respected critic. (Source: Prices are per bottle, UK.
Château Mouton Rothschild blanc 2009, £70, 16 points/20
Château Bauduc blanc 2009, £9, 16.5 points/20
Château Haut Brion blanc 2009, £750, 17 points/20
Jancis Robinson's Wine of the Week June 2011
"Purple pager Gavin Quinney must be a pretty good salesman. He has managed to have his wine served as the house white chez both Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein, completely unrelated world-famous television chefs. In fact Ch Bauduc Bordeaux Blanc has been Ramsay's house white (as witness this particular label) for 10 years now.

"I'm delighted to say, however, that he is not such a persistent salesman that he has actively tried to sell his wines direct to me. (Thank you, Gavin.) I had to wait until From Vineyards Direct sent me three of their recent finds to try before being exposed to Ch Bauduc 2009 Bordeaux Blanc, which I strongly commend to you at the FVD price of £8.95 a bottle - the same price as the Quinneys sell from their warehouse in Surrey.

"Ch Bauduc is one of those hundreds of properties in the pretty Entre-Deux-Mers region struggling to make a living and an impact on the international market. Gavin and Angela Quinney have been running this property near Créon in the far north of the region since Gavin went mad and bought it after a rush of blood to the head at Vinexpo exactly 12 years ago. You can read Jane Anson's short profile of them and the property here. They sell much of their wine direct (this is the link for this particular wine) - a wise alternative to being entangled in the middle-man-heavy conventional Bordeaux trade.
"But this particular wine is also listed by the Swedish monopoly Systembolaget, by Well Spring Wines in Hong Kong, a handful of UK retailers and by From Vineyards Direct's Irish operation. It's a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc with 40% of its richer near-relative Sémillon (see my comment below the Master of Wine 2011 tasting papers). It almost tastes Sémillon-dominant to me - there is certainly no excess of facile Sauvignon stink. In 2009 much of the fruit came from leased vineyards because the Quinneys lost 80% of their own grapes in two hailstorms in May 2009. (Note that the Quinneys also make a slightly cheaper 50:50 Entre Deux Mers dry white.)
"What I liked about this wine was its crystal clear, particularly precise, piercing nose followed by attractive smokiness and good palate weight. In fact this has so much extract (no excessive yields here) that there is just a tiniest hint of the oiliness of some white Graves, but it rises above this to be a thoroughly fine dry white bordeaux (and it's much cheaper than most white Graves). Residual sugar is 2.94g/l and acidity is 3.9. I would chill this quite heavily for aperitif drinking but, served at room temperature, it would make a lovely wine at the table. Excellent value."
Simon Hoggart, The Spectator magazine:
"Château Bauduc lost 80% of their white grapes in dreadful hailstorms in 2009 but, undeterred, they have produced a deliciously crisp, dry white from 60% Sauvignon and 40% Sémillon, hand picked from the Château’s own vineyards and also from a newly leased vineyard nearby. Highly recommended as an apéritif, for large gatherings or à table with fish or white meat dishes."

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