Listed at Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant, a fine dry white, now with a little bottle age, and great with food. The 2015 vintage of our delicious dry Semillon with a little Sauvignon from old vines. €8 per bottle.
The back label: ‘Les Trois Hectares is a single, seven acre block of old Sémillon vines which were planted in 1947, along with some Sauvignon Blanc (about 20%) in the same field. We prefer to drink this dry white wine with food.’
The grapes for Trois Hectares blanc come from a three hectare block (seven acres or so) of old vines. The wine is a blend of 80% Sémillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, although this is a rough figure because it’s what we euphemistically call a ’field blend’: when the vines were planted in 1947, there wasn’t quite the precision about what went into the ground as there is nowadays. Most vines are Sémillon but about a fifth are Sauvignon Blanc (and a handful of unidentifiable, random old things, truth be told). The wine comes from this parcel uniquely, and a small percentage is fermented in oak barrels with the majority in stainless steel. The result is a dry, gently fruity and aromatic white wine.
Selected by the sommeliers for the list at Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, June 2018. (Note the label does not have the 'Rick Stein' signature as on the Rick Stein Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé.)