Congratulations to Jan Konetzki of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea who has won the coveted title of UK Sommelier of the Year.
Jan (pictured here with my nephew and colleague Freddie) has poured more Bauduc than he’d care to remember. Treat yourself to the lunch menu at Royal Hospital Road for terrific value – with a glass of you know what.
Victoria Moore, the Telegraph’s wine critic and one of the judges, describes how Jan scraped home in a close final here. Also worth a look, if you’re a bit nerdy like me, is the ’Sommelier of the Year: Can you spot the 10 errors on the wine list?’
Jan has been to Château Bauduc a couple of times, most recently with Clare Smyth, the head chef, restaurant manager Rob and the rest of the team from the three Michelin star establishment.
With the ball on the other foot, I had the pleasure of eating at Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous restaurant last month, with Richard Siddle and Gemma McKenna of Harpers Wine & Spirit magazine. The lunch menu at £45 per head is great value in the grand scheme of things: I’d want to charge more than that for the starter alone.
After the Bauduc white and rosé, Jan decanted a bottle of Château Bauduc Les Trois Etoiles rouge 2006, which he and I blended here back in March 2008 (right), with the other sommeliers and Clare. It’s a 100% Merlot from 10 new and one year-old French barrels. It is now drinking really well, and at £49 on the list it could pass for something much grander. We finished with a Bauduc Monbazillac 2005, another wine that sold out ages ago, sadly.