Visit to Château Bauduc, Bordeaux (Part I)
In May of this year I finally got myself over to Bordeaux to visit Gavin and Angela Quinney at Château Bauduc. We’ve imported the wines since we started in 2008, and I’d spoken many times to both Gavin and Angela on the phone, but there’s nothing quite beats getting your feet on the ground and meeting the people behind the wines.
The couple bought the Château in the late 1990s after Gavin sold his stake in a successful computer business in the UK. Considering a house purchase in London at the time, Gavin stumbled upon Château Bauduc on one of his regular wine jollies to Bordeaux, made the call home, and a few weeks later the family’s fate was sealed. His connections back in London aided subsequent listings of the first vintages from the Château in the restaurants of Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein.
Oz Clarke and James May pick up the story on their visit to Bauduc in 2006:
Gavin gave us an extensive tour of the 60 acres of vineyards, part of the 180 acre estate, surrounding the Château. The video below is Part I, where we start at the ‘Les Trois Hectares’ vineyard of primarily Semillon vines. Apologies in advance for some wind noise in the video, Gavin did suggest between cuts that a mic would prove a beneficial investment in the future (noted, Gavin!).
Gavin and Angela Quinney are in Cork on Thursday 18th October to host a 5-course Château Bauduc wine dinner at the Cornstore, Cornmarket St. Full details here.