You are currently viewing the International Edition. You can also switch to the Hong Kong Edition.
Sunday 5 July 2015

Bordeaux blanc tops blind tasting

7th July, 2014 by Patrick Schmitt - This article is over multiple pages: 1 2

Bordeaux blanc performed best in a blind tasting of “premium” oaked Sauvignon Blancs from around the world held in London last Thursday.

chateau brown

Château Brown’s blanc came top

Taking top spot in the tasting was Château Brown in Bordeaux, closely followed in score by the same region’s Caillou Blanc from Château Talbot, which came in third place, and Château Latour Martillac in fifth.

However, the top five places were not all from Bordeaux, with second place going to South Africa for Reyneke Reserve White from Stellenbosch and fourth place occupied by New Zealand’s Huia Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough.

The tasting comprised top-end Sauvignons from Australia, New Zealand, Calfiornia, Chile, Italy and South Africa, as well as Pessac-Léognan and St Julien in Bordeaux – and one wine from Turkey.

All of the wines contained a minimum of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and had been either aged or fermented (or both) in cask, and the majority of wines were from the 2012 and 2013 vintages, although there were four wines from the 2008 harvest.

The tasting was organised by Richard Bampfield MW and Jean-Christophe Mau from Château Brown, and followed previous tastings run by the pair which have focused on “premium” rosé – which you can read more about here.

As many as 35 tasters assessed the bottles blind at the London Cru urban winery, scoring each of the 32 wines out of 20 before submitting their results.

Among the tasters were wine writers such as Jancis Robinson MW, Anthony Rose, Margaret Rand and Robert Joseph, as well as myself.

Following the event, Bampfield gathered reactions from the tasters, which showed that “well-managed” oak treatment created “more exciting and complex wines” than unoaked Sauvignon.

Considering the high-scoring wines, Bampfield pointed out that the top wines were in general fermented as well as aged in oak, while some of the more mature wines scored well, indicating that this is a wine style that certainly has the capacity to improve with age.

One impressive and unexpected find among the top-scoring wines was the Calyptra Grand Reserve from Chile’s Cachapoal Valley, which was my joint first in the tasting, sharing an 18.5 point score with Château Talbot’s Caillou Blanc and Château Lagrange’s Les Arums de Lagrange.

The following page contains the top 10 wines chosen by the panel of tasters, as well as my own.

Wines from Sauvignon tasting

The oaked Sauvignons which featured in the tasting

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

If that's interesting, how about these?

Bordeaux 2005: Biggest movers

Expectation surrounding the 2005s is building and pushing up prices for top more...

How to become a 'wine expert' in four hours

A doctor of psychology has devised 10 simple steps which he claims can set you more...

Top 10 modern wine drinker stereotypes

From Rioja lovers to Champagne quaffers, the drinks business has more...

Social Media Editor

Competitive

Top 10 estates for en primeur returns

db rounds up the 10 best Bordeaux estates for en primeur returns on more...

Hart Davis Hart biggest in US

Chicago-based wine auctioneer Hart Davis Hart is the market leader in the US in more...

World's most extravagant wineries

With Château Margaux preparing to unveil its new winery and cellar, designed more...

International Business Development Assistant

London, United Kingdom

To be determined, based on the profile and experience of the candidate

Top 10 ways to reuse a wine bottle

If you are anything like the db team, it won't take long to amass a collection more...

Top 10 wine brands 2015

In a year that saw major shifts in the global wine market, the drinks business more...

China recognises 'Bordeaux'

China has said it now recognises the term “Bordeaux” as a brand after what more...

Global Wine Buyer

London, United Kingdom

Competitive

En primeur: beware the heralded vintage?

From an investment point of view is it best to buy the “vintages of the more...

Top 10 worst estates for en primeur returns

Using Liv-ex's data, db rounds up the worst 10 châteaux for en primeur more...

Is Parker wrong about the 05 Médocs?

With no Médoc wines gaining 100-points in Robert Parker’s retrospective of more...

Digital and Communications Executive

£22,000-£26,000 dependent on experience

Top 10 architectural wonders of the wine world

You don't have to look far to find stunning examples of architectural prowess more...

Rise for Haut Bailly in Liv-ex 2015 classification

Liv-ex’s bi-annual “re-classification” of Bordeaux saw Haut Bailly leap more...

Bordeaux 2005: 12 ‘perfect’ wines

Twelve wines have been given “perfect” 100-point ratings in Robert more...

The London Wine Fair in pictures

From red trews and foie gras macaroons to 2CVs, wine on tap and temporary more...

Top 10 Negroni spots in London

As the Campari Red Night District takes over London's Shoreditch, we round up more...

Top 10 banned alcoholic drinks

The drinks trade has seen its fair share of drinks banned from public more...

E-commerce, Sales & Marketing Executive

London, United Kingdom

Competitive salary and bonus package based on experience and qualification.

10 richest people in the UK drinks trade

As The Sunday Times Rich List 2015 reveals the wealthiest individuals in more...

Bordeaux wine thieves found guilty

A French court has sentenced 15 men over the audacious theft of $1.1 million of more...