A joy to taste this 100% Sauvignon Blanc wine. Very aromatic, with hints of grapefruit and jasmine. In the palate it balances a subtle creamy structure with citrus and peaches. A crowd pleasing style, which will give enormous pleasure.
100% Sauvignon from vines more than 40 years old. 10,000 bottles from 12 ha. 20% new oak and big 400-litre casks. Extremely rich nose. Racy and lively with a green streak. Deliberately more acidity than in the old days. Just finishes a little more suddenly than I expected. 13.9% Drink 2019-2028
This is like biting into perfectly ripe grapes with dried apple, peach and pear. Full and energetic with a pretty texture and length.
Fantastic intensity and very bold, full and powerful, there is a lot of power and weight here. This is not a lighter style but I suspect it is a true Vin de Garde. The stunning intensity is offset by very grippy, taut, minerality and this gives the wine amazing tension and momentum. Delicious and atypical and borderline shocking in its demeanour this is a fascinating ‘Margaux Blanc’ and it will age well thanks to its ridiculously fresh acid profile.
The yields were an exiguous 20 hectolitres per hectare in 2015 on this outstanding white from Château Margaux. Exotic, concentrated and textured, this combines flavours of peach and grapefruit with vanilla spice and a bracing, minerally finish. Drink: 2016-25
Known as the most elegant and aromatic First Growth due to its Cabernet-friendly, sandy soil, Château Margaux is owned by Corinne Mentzelopoulos and managed by the dynamic Paul Pontallier. Château Margaux's vineyard holdings amount to almost 200 acres, though a much smaller percentage is selected for the grand vin to ensure exceptional concentration.
When the Romans first planted a few vines on the limestone outcrops of St Emilion in the early years of the first century, and tasted what was, by all accounts, rather thin, bitter wine, they can hardly have imagined that the region's greatest red wines would become the most sought afterfine wines in the world. From the days in the seventeenth century when the then owners of Ch Haut Brion, the de Pontac family, became the first to export to the UK, selling their wine in their own tavern, the Pontac's Head, red Bordeaux or claret has been the Englishman's favourite. The wines of the 1855 Classification are merely the tip of the iceberg. Bordeaux AC accounts for about half of all wine produced in the area, from vineyards outside the regional or communal appelations and often blended by the negociant houses. Simpler beasts these although still clearly related to their more illustrious cousins - relatively light and fresh, full of fruit, with soft tannins making for delicious, and good value, early drinking.