Really tasty stuff and a blend of some of the Sauvignon Blanc and Les Trois Hectares Sémillon. Terrific value.
Back label:“This was our 20th vintage and we were blessed with a dry summer and fine September harvest. A blend of 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Sémillon, our estate-grown dry white has been the house wine for Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein for two decades. 13% vol.”
This is actually the wine made from all the pressed juice, which we kept apart form the 'free-run' juice in 2019. As with the 2016, we decided to keep this as a separate wine rather than blend the lot, so it is really the second wine of the Sauvignon Blanc and Les Trois Hectares combined.
And it's really good. Tasty, full of flavour and refreshing at the same time.
To be fair, we changed our minds at the last minute over the blends, just before bottling. We thought this was better on its own and not part of the Sauvignon Blanc, yet the back label is the same as that wine because there wasn't time to change it so late in the day.
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"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)… It would make a lovely wine at the table. Excellent value.”
Jancis Robinson MW, Wine of the Week, JancisRobinson.com