Bottling at the Château – in pictures

January 29th 2016, by

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From the sublime to the ridiculous, really. Given that we’d cleared the decks of red, white and rosé, it’s a perfect time to bottle the new vintages. We’ve been busy blending and bottling the equivalent of over 20,000 6-packs at the chateau. The team, partly our lot and partly the same outside contractor that we’ve used for some years, finished the bottling yesterday. If you happen to call, forgive our slight deafness: the clinking sound might be ringing in our heads for some time yet.

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January Review

January 29th 2016, by

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Those new UK drinking guidelines

January 24th 2016, by

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With all that new wine, it feels strange to be cast in the role of villain. You’ve probably seen Dame Sally’s new UK drinking guidelines and you might be as bemused as we are. Most of our wine ends up in Britain; we don’t regard it as poison and we’re confident that most of our customers don’t either (oi, no heckling from the back). Wine is something to be enjoyed, especially with a meal, and when you’ve had enough, just stop.

Here are some excellent articles on the subject. We’re slightly biased, naturally.

Andrew Jefford in Decanter magazine: UK drinking limits – toxic advice?

“Britain’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, fired a torpedo at the nation’s drinkers in the first week of 2016. Or did she? Let’s examine the facts.”

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London’s fine wine club: 67 Pall Mall – in pictures

December 17th 2015, by

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We were thrilled that London’s smartest new club, 67 Pall Mall, poured Chateau Bauduc throughout the opening evenings last week. 200 bottles of Les Trois Hectares red 2011 disappeared, and half as much Sauvignon Blanc on top, alongside the free-flowing Gosset Champagne. Well done to all the team – a cracking effort.

Master of Wine and club member Richard Hemming has published A first look inside 67 Pall Mall. ’Les Trois Hectares 2011 was on very fine form’ he wrote.

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December Review

December 16th 2015, by

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Bauduc white at 13 years old: “Really super stuff”

December 16th 2015, by

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It’s important to look like you know what you’re doing. Daniel, our vineyard manager, listens patiently.

The 2002 harvest, above, seems a long time ago. When we bottled our white wine with a Stelvin screwcap for the first time for that vintage – and it wasn’t easy finding the right kit in Bordeaux back then – we weren’t expecting anyone to keep any back. Yet Richard Hemming MW has just given it the highest rating of white wines from the region (17/20) on jancisrobinson.com on 1 December (subscription required). Fortunately he liked the current range almost as much, scoring both our whites 16.5/20.

Here are Richard’s notes on our whites that he tasted.

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November Review

November 30th 2015, by

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Les Trois Hectares 2011 red – in pictures

November 24th 2015, by

A shovel load of dry ice to chill down the grapes as they go in the tank

Dry ice to chill down the grapes as they go into the tank, for a cold soak before fermentation.

It’s often the case that our top red sells out just as it enters the peak period for drinking; we recommend getting some in for Christmas, of course, before it’s all gone. We think it’s better decanted for an hour but everyone enjoyed it a wedding recently, and that was from the bottle. Here we are picking and making our 2011 – it seems like only yesterday but some of us look quite a lot younger in the photos. The wine itself has definitely aged better.

We’re down to our last two pallets now and the wine is available for UK delivery here. Existing Bauduc customers should use their unique loyalty code (surname+initial, no space) for 10% off. New customers can also get 10% off using the temporary offer code Club2015, at the very end of the checkout. A case of 12 will therefore cost you £153, including delivery, equivalent to £12.75 a bottle.

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Caption Competition

October 30th 2015, by

On the sorting table at Bauduc.

Mr Stein on the sorting table at Chateau Bauduc.

After we put up this pic on Facebook, our brother-in-law Justin suggested we should have a caption competition for the photo of us all on the sorting table. Rick with Tom, Gavin, Angela and Sophie, sorting Cabernet Sauvignon. You can be as rude as you wish, within reason. You can enter by commenting here, or email gavin at bauduc dot com, go to our Facebook page, tweet us @ChateauBauduc or comment on Instagram @ChateauBauduc. The winner and the runner-up will receive a case of 12 and a 6-pack respectively (UK delivery only, sorry). Closing date midnight, Tuesday 2 November.

Update to announce the winners: Thank you to everyone who entered.

The winner: “This looks like an excellent year: let’s keep it away from Ramsay.” Frank Jackson, The Connemara.

Runner-up: “Some of the younger chefs are more familiar with snorting tables.” Tim Atkin MW.

Sorry, Tim’s line is totally unsuitable but it made us laugh.

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