Winemaker Gavin Quinney: "Les Trois Hectares is a single, seven-acre block of old Sémillon vines which were planted in 1947, along with some Sauvignon Blanc (about 20%) in the same field."
Mike, Curious Wines: This is very different to the small estate's Sauvignon Blanc - soft and rounded with a beautifully supple, dry texture - more subtle and elegant in its flavour-profiles and lower in acidity but with wonderful complexity and length.
“Broad, just as Sémillon should be – textural and waxy – not very grassy, but there are a few bits of herb in there. Then quite a dense, viscous finish. This shares a lot of the qualities of young Hunter Valley Semillon – I wonder if it would develop those same toasty aromas?”
- Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, on the 2014 vintage.
“An absolute steal. Oz Clarke is a fan and it’s served in Rick Stein’s restaurant too. This is one of the best white wines I’ve had this year.”
- Richard Saxton, Stylist Magazine, on a previous vintage.
2016 was a bumper year, with a staggering 770 million bottles of wine being produced in Bordeaux - the most since 2006. After a wet spring and very dry summer - 10% of the normal rainfall for the 12 weeks from 23 June - the weather switched again in winegrowers' favour just before the harvest, with refreshing showers and reviving temperatures. The crop ended up being supremely healthy as well as large - a château owner's dream!
Château Bauduc is a beautiful 80-hectare estate, with woods and parkland surrounding the family home and its Merlot, Cabernet, Sémillon and Sauvignon vines. Run by Gavin and Angela Quinney, it is a high-profile producer that is much admired by the wine trade and press.