‘Points v prices’ often throws up some anomalies but we couldn’t resist these scores by Jancis Robinson MW, the UK’s most respected critic. (Source: www.jancisrobinson.com). Prices are per bottle, UK.
Château Mouton Rothschild blanc 2009 £70 16 points/20
Château Bauduc blanc 2009 £8.95 16.5 points/20
Château Haut Brion blanc 2009 £750 17 points/20
Yes, Haut Brion blanc, a rare wine, is £750 a bottle from leading UK merchants. The Bauduc blanc is available online here.
Here are Jancis’s tasting notes for each wine – interestingly, the Haut Brion and the Bauduc are made from almost identical blends:
Château Mouton Rothschild, Aile d’Argent blanc 2009
“Spicy, stinky nose. Racy and a bit sweet. A superior bordeaux blanc but not nearly as subtle as Pavillon Blanc. Drink 2012-2015, 16 points /20.”
Château Bauduc blanc 2009
“For 10 years this has been the house wine at Gordon Ramsay. 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, much of the fruit from a leased vineyards because the Quinneys lost 80% of their own grapes in two hailstorms in May 2009. Crystal clear piercing nose. Attractive smokiness and good palate weight. Just a tiny hint of the oiliness of some white Graves (and much cheaper). I would chill this quite heavily. Excellent value. Drink 2010-2012. 16.5/20.”
Château Haut Brion blanc 2009
“62% Sauvignon Blanc, 38% Sémillon – an unusually high proportion of Sauvignon and I can understand why, so fat is the wine. Yet it smells fatter and less Sauvignon than La Mission Blanc – as so often. Very round and rich – you have to seek the acidity. Very forward and plump.. Good citrus tingle. Long but a little hot on the end. The strongest ever Haut Brion Blanc (14.2% alc). Drink 2015-2019. 17/20.”