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Tasting Domaine de Chevalier Blanc from the 2011 Vintage

We’ve yet to try Bordeaux on WinedUp Club, so we thought we should rectify this. But just to be contrarian, we thought we’d start with a white. Bordeaux is, of course, world-renowned for red wines, known as Claret in the UK. But in the Graves region, and Pessac-Leognan in particular, they make world-class dry whites too.

This particular wine is (like most white Bordeaux) a Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blend. It’s a powerful beast, just shaking off its oak. On release, Berry Bros & Rudd called it “flawless, like a perfect diamond” and named it their wine of the vintage.

Great Bordeaux from top producers is neither easy to find nor cheap. This was around £50 en primeur on release and, if you can find it, it would set you back at least £75 at retail. So this is very much in the rare and exclusive box, but a treat if you can find it.