It is not entirely accurate to describe this Bordeaux stalwart as “new” because Bruno Baylet was a staple of the WineWise portfolio in its early days. But it is many years since we worked with his admirable wines, so we are taking the liberty of treating him as a newcomer, as to most of you he will be one. We could not be happier to re-engage with his uncompromisingly honest and forceful wines. The estate has the French certificate of sustainability known as “Haute Valeur Environnementale”.
Perhaps it is climate change, perhaps it is the relaxation that comes with advancing years, but Bruno’s reds have become less adamant in recent years, without sacrificing the admirable iron-infused sense of place that have always marked them. (60% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Clairet, which today denotes a more highly-coloured wine than normal rosé, is the name that gave rise to the English word “Claret”. Few make it today, but it really is Bordeaux’s original contribution to the world of rosé wine. (Bruno makes a lovely pale rosé as well, but we thought this one more unusual). This example is full of fruit and vigour. It truly does serve in place of both white and red, and it keeps exceptionally well. (30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot)
The unusual blend of grapes is some preparation for the sheerly singular melony gloss and power of this farfrom-modest “basic” Bordeaux white. Cold fermentation and five months’ aging on the lees have imparted serious texture and gloss to bolster the entirely delicious and pure flavours. (40% Semillon, 35% SauvignonBlanc, 15% Sauvignon Gris, 10% Muscadelle)