Our top 10 whites of the year

Following on from our top 10 reds of the year, here’s the countdown of our top 10 whites, as voted by our customers in terms of what they’ve been buying in 2011.
10.  Santa Alicia Reserva Chardonnay 2010
Six months in old French oak gives this tropical fruit chard great body and depth and makes it ridiculously good value. “Chardonnay’s back” as long as they’re all as good as this.

9. Santa Alicia Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Another great value Chilean sauvignon, this was recently a ‘best buy’ in Wine & Spirits magazine.

8.  Mont Marçal Blanco 2010
The dark horse of the top 10, a real sleeper hit with our regulars. A delightfully weighted blend of xarel-lo, sauvignon blanc and a splash of chardonnay.

7.  Château Bauduc Bordeaux Blanc Sec 2010
‘Exactly the kind of white you want in the fridge when you get home’, according to Oz Clarke. Seems you agree.

6.  Moulin de Gassac Classic Blanc 2010
Crisp, elegant, complex, this unusual blend of clairette, vermentino and sauvignon blanc gives seriously classy drinking for a very modest price.

5.  Fairhall Cliffs Sauvignon Blanc 2011
You can’t get enough Marlborough sauvi, this is the first of two in our top 5. This one is drier in style than many, with an almost French elegance with lovely minerality.

4.  Mirabello Pinot Grigio 2010
Classically styled Italian pinot grigio, crisp and delicate, lightly honeyed fruit, lemony acidity and a fresh, dry finish. Does exactly what it’s supposed to.

3.  Santa Gloria Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Crisp, zesty and fresh as a spring morning, this more restrained style sauvi works great with seafood.

2.  Cuvée Jean-Paul Blanc Sec 2010
Our house white and top-selling wine of 2010, a crisp, aromatic, sauvignon-style blend of colombard and ugni blanc.

And our top selling white wine of the year:
1.  The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Our most popular wine, full stop. Aromas to make your head spin, flavours that will shock-and-awe your tastebuds. My wife has me under instruction to have a bottle of this in the fridge stock at all times. Enough said really.

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