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(2022) Old vine Sauvignon Gris goes into this wine, a very small proportion fermented in oak. A litght creaminess to greengage and custard apple on the nose, then the palate delivers a surprising sweetness and lusciousness of fruit, still with that apple and citrus edge of freshness and firmness, but succulent and with more tropical, ripe Ogen melon and nectarine in the mix.
(2022) Harvested late in slow-ripening vintage, but still fresh and light (with only 12% alcohol). There's a whiff of exoticism to the aromas, with lychee and mango nuances to the limey-fresh fruit. In the mouth, masses of peach juice and mango again, little in the way of the 'cat's pee' thiols here, just a juicy mouthful of fruit streaked through with vibrant, food-friendly acidity.
(2022) A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Semillon, aged in the lees. The wine is a blend of the three years, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Quite subtle aromatics, a touch creamy, but quite reserved. On the palate an interesting layering of ripe fruit, mint and butter, peachy and quite broad. Tropical and ripe palate, substantial weight and a very interesting take on white Bordeaux.
(2021) From the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, this is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Sauvignon Gris. It opens with very pretty notes of bright confit lemon, just a hint of fresh leafy green herbs and a certain elegance to the aromas. It is surprising rich and luscious on the palate, perhaps the Sauvignon Gris adding a little texture and flavour, and after flirting with peachiness the palate tightens up again into fresh-sliced apple and citrus on the finish. Lots of mouthfeel here giving broad appeal.
(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 Château 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.
(2017) A brand new wine from the noble Suduiraut of Sauternes, this blend of 67% Sémillon and 33% Sauvignon Blanc was aged in barrels, about 10% of which were new. It has a beautifully tempered nose, creamy and clean, with a little crushed almond sheen to pristine orchard fruit, a hint of anise and flowers. In the mouth it has rounding fullness of fruit, the oak very discreet and delicately supporting, and the modest acidity doing a lovely job of balancing the finish. A keen, intelligent white of great style.
(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 Floridène. 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.
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