Bouchard Finlayson Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Bouchard Finlayson
Baron Philippe de Rothschild, France
Great value Sauvignon Blanc from Mouton Rothschild which they have been making since 1995, sourced from the Languedoc then matured in their Saint-Laurent-Medoc winery. Fresh and peachy, with vibrant fruit flavours and acrisp, refreshing acidity.
Baron Philippe de Rothschild's expertise has been exported beyond Bordeaux to the rest of France with a fabulous range of varietal entry level wines that they have been producing since 1995. All of the grapes are sourced from the Vins de pay D'Oc and are matured and crafted in their Saint-Laurent-Medoc Winery.
Appellation d'Origine Controlee (AOC) wines take up a significant amount of the limelight in France, but there are many thousands hectares of vineyards that fall outside of this classification. Of these, wines granted the status of Indication Geographique Protegee (IGP) are the most important and include the regions of Ardeche, Languedoc-Roussillon and Cotes de Provence, France's best-known region for rose wines. Producers must meet strict conditions to hit the required quality standards, particularly around yields and minimum alcohol content.
There are many excellent wines offering great value for money made under the IGP label and relaxed labelling laws allow winemakers to indicate the wine's grape variety on the bottle. Alongside the classic Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, varieties like Viognier, Grenache and Syrah are prominent. Despite a perception of inferior quality to AOC wines, this is not the case, as winemakers looking to work innovatively outside of their own strict AOC rules will label their wines as IGP.
The vast wine region of Languedoc-Roussillon in south-east France is home to a diverse and constantly improving range of wines, with vineyards stretching north from the Spanish border past the cities of Marseille and Montpellier. Once home to cheaply produced, rustic table wines, the last 30 years have seen a drastic turnaround, as competition from keenly priced New World wines forced producers to move away from their traditional approach and focus on innovation and quality.
The introduction of the Vin de Pays classification in 1979 allowed producers to label by variety, and consumers were able to see whether their wine was made from Chardonnay, Merlot, Grenache or Cabernet. Investment from the established wine cognoscenti of other regions has also helped and improved the viticultural development of Languedoc-Roussillon, and today excellent value can be derived from the region's wines, no matter which variety you like to drink.
Originating in Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc has now established itself in many of the world's wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine with a distinct flavour profile. The most well-known examples come from Sancerre and Pouilly Fume in the Loire Valley, and from Marlborough in New Zealand where a grassy, herbaceous style is produced. In Bordeaux it is blended with Semillon to make the sweet wines of Sauternes, and crisp dry wines that can be as excellent as they are expensive.
Pale yellow with a golden tint. The highly expressive nose opens on intense pink grapefruit notes mingled with the delicate, box-like floral aromas typical of a Pays D'Oc Sauvignon. The attack is supple and powerful. The fruit driven mid-palate strikes a fine balance between citrus freshness and the softness of white peach, building to an attractively long and flavoursome finish.
Gorgeous with goats cheese and red pepper crostini as an aperitif.