Chateau Rahoul, an excellent white Bordeaux

The older I get, the more I like white Bordeaux. It’s such an interesting expression of Sauvignon Blanc (often bolstered with a bit of Semillon, of course), usually barrel fermented. My experience is that barrel-fermented Sauvignon ages really well, and – as long as the oak isn’t overpowering - it drinks well young, too. So it’s [...]

Four impressive Loire Sauvignons

Yesterday I tasted through 33 different Loire Sauvignons with a view to selecting 14 to present at Vinexpo next week. These had all won gold or above in competitions, so they were a good bunch. Here are four that stood out to me.

Henri Bourgeois Sancerre ‘La Chapelle des Augustins’ 2011 Loire, France
Complex, intense and powerful [...]

Shobbrook Giallo, a remarkable Sauvignon from Australia

This is an unbelievably good wine. I love it.

It’s Tom Shobbrook’s Giallo. A Sauvignon Blanc, but made naturally, with some skin contact. And fabulously packaged, too.

‘The Sauvignon is fermented on skins for about 6 weeks or until I get the structure I want,’ says Tom. ‘Then it’s pressed and put into casks. It’s bottled 9 months [...]

A brilliant South African Sauvignon, The Infidel

When I bumped into Pieter de Waal in the Loire last month, he gave me a bottle of one of his wines to bring home. I am glad he did: it’s brilliant.

Hermit on the Hill The Infidel Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Stellenbosch, South Africa
Complex and engaging, this naturally fermented Sauvignon Blanc has a lovely nose of [...]

A couple from Greywacke

Kevin Judd’s Greywacke wines are up there with the best from Marlborough, now New Zealand’s biggest wine region, and one that’s beginning to show a number of talents – not just Sauvignon Blanc. These wines just look so good, too, with the labels featuring his creative photography.

Greywacke Pinot Noir 2011 Marlborough, New Zealand
Lovely sweet black [...]

An amazing Sauvignon Blanc tasting

As part of the recent launch of Brancott Estate’s Chosen Rows Sauvignon, we were treated to an amazing tasting of top Sauvignon Blancs from around the world. You can read about the launch in full, but here I’m just going to post notes on these wines.

They were quite a varied bunch in terms of style. [...]

Lunch wines: Dog Point, Boillot, Talbot

Popped into my sister’s for a quick lunch today, picking up our boys who had been staying over while we were at a wedding. Ended up being served three very good wines.

First of all, Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2012. This is the second time I’ve had this wine, and I don’t think there are many [...]

Two cracking Marlborough Sauvignons

These are two lovely Kiwi Sauvignons from the 2012 vintage. Both are from the Wine Society, and while they are priced above the entry level, the fact that the entry level for domaine bottled Marlborough Sauvignon is creeping up to £10 makes them both excellent value. The Dog Point is pretty much my perfect Sauvignon [...]

Announcing a new book: The Science of Sauvignon Blanc

It seems a while ago now, but back in July 2010 I visited New Zealand with the sole purpose of interviewing researchers who have been working on all aspects of the science of Sauvignon blanc.

It’s probably the world’s most thoroughly researched grape variety, and with New Zealand Winegrowers I discussed the possibility of trying to [...]

A sticky end, a noble Sauvignon Blanc

I’m not really sure I like the branding of Brent Marris’ Marisco Vineyards, but I do like the wines. This is a remarkable botrytised Sauvignon Blanc with real personality.

Marisco Vineyards A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand
12% alcohol. Concentrated, richly textured, sweet and well balanced, showing notes of grape, tangerine, melon and [...]