Pip Pip! Our Bordeaux Blanc Trumps Mouton Rothschild’s

‘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 

Our white harvest in 2009 was partially hand-picked after hail

“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.”

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2 thoughts on “Pip Pip! Our Bordeaux Blanc Trumps Mouton Rothschild’s

  1. Ray Stannard

    Does that mean you'll be moving the decimal point on the price 1 point to the right, or should the others move theirs one to the left??

    1. Gavin

      Thanks for the comment, Ray. I couldn't really answer for the others. The top Bordeaux Château always say 'the market sets the price.'