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Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Crisp, dry Sauvignon Blanc and the house white at Gordon Ramsay, Rick Stein and Hotel du Vin. £9.95 a bottle.
The back label: ‘Made from the juice of grapes which were grown, harvested, pressed, fermented and bottled on the estate, this versatile dry white has been the house wine for Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein for 15 years.’
Our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is rich and zesty but has a lovely freshness and racy acidity.
Word has got out that 2015 was a terrific vintage in Bordeaux, carrying on the handy 'rule of five' whereby every vintage ending in zero or five over the last 30 years has been excellent. That's because the weather in 2015 was pretty good at the right times - the spring was dry and mild, with the best flowering in years, and then late June through July was dry and hot. August rains relieved some of the water stress in the vineyards before a largely dry September paved the way for a successful, healthy harvest.
For this wine, the grape harvest in 2015 was the cleanest we've seen. Normally we go out and trim off any dodgy looking grapes from the bunches in the vineyard but our team of trainees had little to do until the harvest got under way. The Sauvignon Blanc was spotless and we harvested under perfect conditions in mid-September, picking just in the early morning. Yields were low for the whites, as a result of the water stress in July, leading to more concentration. So we fermented a small amount of the wine in small, new oak barrels, as the power of the fruit could take on the oak and add a bit of oomph. The rest was cool fermented in stainless steel as usual.
In the final blend we used just the wine from the 'free run' juice, not the pressings from the skins, to keep the fresher flavours. It was bottled using Stelvin screwcaps in January 2016.
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“My pick of Gavin Quinney’s wines is his sauvignon blanc, as crisp as a bite of green apple. This has long been a house wine at Gordon Ramsay, also the white I chose to pour at a big family party – and I still like it.”Victoria Moore, The Telegraph
“The nose pole-vaults out of the glass and embraces you with its citrus generosity. The palate is zesty, taut and refreshing with more depth than you might expect allowing you to shovel down some hastily prepared canapés to reward this delicious drink. 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-bottles 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!”Matthew Jukes, The Week and Money Week.
“100% Sauvignon Blanc. Pale, green tinged hue. Crisp and fresh on the nose. Citrus and pear notes with a faint herbal nuance. Ripe and round on attack then long, clean, dry finish. Attractive apéritif style white.”James Lawther MW, Contributing Editor, for Decanter magazine.
“A thoroughly fine dry white Bordeaux… it would make a lovely wine at the table. Excellent value.”Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com.
and one of our favourites:
“Without a shadow of a doubt, the best value white we have had all year is Château Bauduc, a crisp, white Bordeaux that we scoffed merrily both as an aperitif and with food. Apparently, it is the house white in Gordon Ramsay’s three-star restaurants, whoever he is.”
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