(2018) A Bordeaux Blanc blending 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon, the grassiness and bold stone-fruit aromas of the Sauvignon just about dominate the nose, but there's zesty lemon and a touch of chalky minerals too. On the palate this is keen and focused, with none of the tropicality of some Sauvignons, instead cool orchard fruit bite and plenty of zipping citrus freshness leave it tongue-tingling and juicy. Seafood and sushi would seem like natural bedfellows.
(2017) Vibrant and zesty, very modern Sauvignon from English-owned ChÃ¢teau Bauduc, this sings in the glass with its pungent elderflower tempered by a blast of gooseberry and plenty of citrussy spark. In the mouth passion fruit and orange are bright and shimmering, yet something - a touch of peach, a hint of yellow plum - adds softer flesh before a pin-sharp finish.
(2017) A blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon, this is unoaked and comes from a classic clay over limestone terroir. A youthful colour with a hint of emerald, there's a very attractive aroma, some green fruit and herbaceous notes, but the Semillon adds some waxiness and lemon. In the mouth it is firm, fruity and textured, a nice slippery weight on the palate and clean stone fruit and citrus finishing with a chalky dryness and excellent balance.
(2016) Made by Bordeaux white wine maestro Denis Dubourdieu, this is one of FVD's declassified mystery wines, though I have a hunch it's from his own vineyards at Clos FloridÃ¨ne. It's certainly classy enough, a refined white Graves with plenty of lemon moving into peach ripeness, and a subtle finish with the barrel ageing adding a touch of cream and oatmeal.
(2016) A definite touch of flint and gunsmoke in this biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, then hints of sweet mango and nectarine on the palate and a streaking freshness of citrus into the finish. A lovely wine, pushing all sorts of delicious buttons, but with a savoury aspect too.
(2014) An attractively packaged, handsome wine, coming from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in the Sauternes region, and made by Domaine de Chevalier. It is just beautifully done, the sheen of oatmeal and ground almond over lemon rind and fresh, mouth-watering apple fruit. On the palate it has good texture and substance, the very vivid apple fruit driving through, flirting with orange and lime, and with lovely acid balancing the creamy weight and ripeness. For dinking now, but should cellar for a few years too.
(2012) Based on the Sauvignon Gris, this has sweet vanilla, a touch of nettle and notes of nuts and seeds leading on to a palate that is still quite fresh and primary. The oak is integrating now, and the fleshy weight and boldness of the pear and peachy fruit does enough to match it.
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