A neat, flat pack presentation box and a terrific line-up of six different half bottles - three reds, two whites and a rosé. Just £7.50 a half bottle.
This 6-half bottle case contains;
1 half bottles 37.5cl Ch Bauduc Sauvignon Blanc 2020
1 half bottle 37.5cl Ch Bauduc Les Trois Hectares blanc 2020
1 half bottles 37.5cl Ch Bauduc Rosé 2020
1 half bottle 37.5cl Ch Bauduc Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge 2018
1 half bottle 37.5cl Ch La Cardonne 2010
1 half bottle 37.5cl Ch La Cardonne 2012
Please note that this case is 6 half-bottles (6 x 37.5cls) and for calculating for delivery costs, it counts as half a normal 6-bottle case (6 x 75cls). So the equivalent for free delivery in England and Wales (normally 12 x 75cl bottles, i.e. 9 litres) is either 4 x 6 half-bottle packs, or 2 x 6 half-bottles plus 1 x 6-bottle pack. Check using 'estimate delivery' in the basket.
Sauvignon Blanc 2020. "This exceptionally zingy Sauvignon Blanc wine from Bordeaux… is one of our special selections" - Rick Stein. The house white at Gordon Ramsay's three Michelin star restaurant in London.
The back label: "2020 was a fine, early vintage and we harvested our Sauvignon Blanc in late August and early September. This versatile dry white has been the house wine at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and a special selection for Rick Stein for nearly two decades." 13% vol.
Les Trois Hectares blanc 2020. 'Inexpensive white Bordeaux that over-delivers handsomely for the price' is how a Master of Wine described Les Trois Hectares. We agree.
The back label: "Les Trois Hectares is a single block of old Sémillon vines (about 80%) and Sauvignon Blanc that were planted in 1947, with an early harvest in 2020 on 7 September. It's an aromatic dry white that works well with good food or simply on its own." 13% vol.
Rosé 2020. Our crisp, pale pink has been the house rosé for Rick Stein for many years. A sort of St-Tropez meets Padstow.
The back label: "This dry rosé was made from equal parts of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The grapes were harvested earlier in September than for making red, and the pale juice quickly run off the dark skins for a light, crisp wine." 12% vol.
Bordeaux Supérieur 2018. Our classic Bordeaux red has been the premium house red at Hotel du Vin for a decade. A new release, the 2018 is bright and juicy.
The back label: "2018 was a fine vintage with a damp spring, a hot summer and a sunny harvest. A medium to full bodied blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, this can be kept for a few years although it's supple and fruity enough to enjoy quite young." 14% alc.
Château La Cardonne 2010
Great for when not entertaining anyone but yourself, or for a glass and half each between two. It's pretty rare to find a quality 2010 claret at this price - including VAT, UK duty and delivery for a dozen bottles (or 24 halves) - and from a Cru Bourgeois Supérieur to boot. The bottles are best decanted for the wine to open up, we think. The halves are a little more 'mature' but personally I'd still decant this, without too much fuss. The 2010 is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 13.5% vol.
Château La Cardonne 2012
Ideal lockdown wine, to be fair. This is a lovely, medium-bodied claret that's just hitting its peak, and 2012 has always been a softer, balanced vintage with just enough ripeness and a full texture. The 2012 La Cardonne is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and was aged for 14 months in French oak. 13% vol. £8.50 a half bottle.