Purchased in 2002 by Sichels, this property is situated in the Entre-deux-Mers. There’s more Semillon than Sauvignon Blanc in this, giving a fatter, rounder style. 2017 is a special vintage for whites, with outstanding purity coupled with lovely rich flavours. It’s fresh with super weight and texture, a touch of oak and citrus and grapefruit character. Very versatile, it’s a great wine to drink this summer.
This is far more up front than the French equivalents from the Loire Valley. Winemaker Matt Thomson has worked with Liberty Wines for nearly a quarter of a century, first as a consultant and latterly as a producer. Blank Canvas comes from a single vineyard near the ocean at Dillons Point in Marlborough, home of the greatest New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. It is intensely floral but beautifully balanced and shows saline hints within the minerally aftertaste, adding to its charm.
This is one of the most renowned single vineyard wines from Gavi di Gavi, which has been going through a renaissance recently. Donato Lanati, one of the leading
Italian wine academics and consultants, has been involved here for two decades, which is why it is the Gavi di Gavi of choice for many Michelin-starred restaurants.
With its straw colour, floral nose and minerally backbone, it’s ready to drink now, but could easily age for a decade or more. Perfect with oysters.
This wine was served at our recent wine pairing dinner at The Lido in Bristol. This is a sweet white Sauternes from half bottles. Richly sweet butterscotch and barley sugar were balanced by a fine stream of acidity, an exquisite glass of nectar and reminder we don’t drink enough pudding wine!