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Les Trois Hectares Blanc 2019

£12.50

Last few. Our 20th vintage of our dry Sémillon, with a little Sauvignon, from seriously old vines. Exotic and full in 2019. £12.50 a bottle.

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We sold out a while ago in London but we've just sent the last cases over from our Calais depot, which we've now closed. (And do try the 2020 Les Trois Hectares.)

Our 20th vintage of our dry Sémillon, with a little Sauvignon, from seriously old vines. Exotic and full in 2019.

The back label: ’This was our 20th vintage of Les Trois Hectares, from a single seven acre block of 80% Sémillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc vines that were planted in 1947. It is an aromatic dry white that is great with food, or simply on its own. 13.5%.”

Because the old vines are all jumbled up, we call it a 'field blend'. It's certainly the most powerful dry Sémillon we've made. It's a grape that's normally lower in alcohol than Sauvignon Blanc, and while the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is at 13% alcohol by volume, this is over 13.5%. Woof.

Volume discount

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We are grateful to The Wine Doctor, Chris Kissack, for his tasting note (see more in Expert Opinion):

'… a striking freshness and energy despite the evident richness, the aromatic profile filled with the scents of pithy orange zest and chalk, which to me feels very true to the youthful Semillon. Later on, though, the generosity of this ripe vintage is revealed, as the nose progresses through notes of fruit salad, grilled pear and quince… the sweet citrus fruits here wrapped up in chalky minerals, its gentle acidity reflecting the warmth of the season, but a rich phenolic grip proving some frame. It is wonderfully expressive Semillon for its age, and one which will drink well for several years. The message is clear; dry white Bordeaux isn’t all about Sauvignon Blanc. 92/100'.
Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com. November 2020.

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Château Bauduc Les Trois Hectares Semillon Vieilles Vignes 2019

'A blend of 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, reflecting the mix of interplanted varieties in the vineyard, all vinified in stainless steel to keep the focus on the fruit, and then bottled under Stelvin screwcap. In the glass it has a relaxed straw-coloured hue, but it is on the nose that things really get going, with a striking freshness and energy despite the evident richness, the aromatic profile filled with the scents of pithy orange zest and chalk, which to me feels very true to the youthful Semillon. Later on, though, the generosity of this ripe vintage is revealed, as the nose progresses through notes of fruit salad, grilled pear and quince.

'While still expressive, the palate is more correct and reserved, the sweet citrus fruits here wrapped up in chalky minerals, its gentle acidity reflecting the warmth of the season, but a rich phenolic grip proving some frame. It is wonderfully expressive Semillon for its age, and one which will drink well for several years. The message is clear; dry white Bordeaux isn’t all about Sauvignon Blanc. (From my Weekend Wine write-up, November 2020) 92/100'

Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com

Previous Vintages:

'Inexpensive white Bordeaux that over-delivers handsomely for the price' is how Master of Wine Richard Hemming described Les Trois Hectares on JancisRobinson.com.

'An absolute steal. Oz Clarke is a fan and it’s served in Rick Stein’s restaurant too. This is one of the best white wines I’ve had this year.'

Richard Saxton, Stylist magazine

Château Bauduc Les Trois Hectares Semillon Vieilles Vignes (Bordeaux) 2018
This cuvée, mostly Semillon but in truth 20% Sauvignon Blanc (the varieties are interplanted), presents a honeyed straw hue in the glass. It is delightfully aromatic, with orange blossom, apricot and a wealth of sandy minerals, a characterful nose which precedes a palate of delicious substance and breadth. Here it revels in a velvety texture, rich and filled with pithy phenolic grip, a wine which maintains a great presence through to the finish where it culminates in a polished finesse. Delicious, slightly crystalline, but rich and full of charm, it has some length to speak of too. Well done. Bottled under Stelvin screwcap. 93/100

Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com.
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