Richard Bampfield MW, Jean-Christophe Mau and Chris Kissack at 67 Pall Mall
Sauvignon Blanc is currently the UK's favourite white grape; zingy, crisp and aromatic, it is a characterful antidote to oaky 90s chardie - if a bit of a one-trick pony.
So what happens when you give it a bit of deft oaking, lees-stirring and age?
Master of Wine Richard Bampfield invited me to find out at 67 Pall Mall.
Cailbourdin Pouilly-Fume Triptyque 2008 ripe, opulent and complex with orchard fruit. Good.
Ch Brown 2009 pure, fresh, elegant and poised with a mellow harmoniousness. Good.
Chateau d'Yquem, Y d'Yquem
2012 apricot and quince, supple elegant and very long; incredibly harmonious and balanced; adept and assured. Very Good Indeed.
2006 even richer, fuller and more complex than the '12; dried apricot, peach and tropical fruit, incredible persistence. Very Good Indeed - and then some.
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