Episode 109 – A beautiful six-pack of own-label wines from Berry Bros & Rudd
18th May 2022
The BBR Spring/Summer Press Tasting happened last week, and here are six of the most eye-catching, own-label wines on show. I would advise popping into the shop because the BBR website is a nightmare to operate, and then at least you can talk to a human!
NV Berry Bros. & Rudd Champagne by Mailly, Grand Cru Brut, France £32.00
I have said it before, and I will say it again – this is a cracker, and it is epic value for GCbdeB!
2020 Berry Bros. & Rudd Chablis by Domaine Sébastien Dampt, Burgundy, France £19.95
Forward, relaxing, smooth and pristinely refreshing, this is a beautiful wine from the charming Dampt family.
2018 Berry Bros. & Rudd Sonoma County Chardonnay by Ramey Wine Cellars, California £37.00
I shortlisted this wine for my MoneyWeek Christmas sextet in 2020, and it was lush then, but it is epic now. Pound for pound, the finest Cali-Chard in the UK.
2021 Berry Bros. & Rudd Provence Rosé by Château La Mascaronne, Côtes de Provence, France £17.95
I don’t want to pre-empt my MoneyWeek column this coming Friday, but in it, you will read about a very similar wine and Lay & Wheeler are the first to stick their hands up for the ‘real label’, but you have to buy it by the case. So, get down to St James’s Street for by the bottle joy!
2018 Berry Bros. & Rudd St.-Estèphe by Tronquoy-Lalande, Bordeaux, France £24.95
I went wild about Tronquoy in 2018 in my En Primeur Report, and this wine looks like it is clearly cut from the same cloth. Youthful, but with plenty of charm and accuracy, this is a clever purchase for drinking in a couple of years.
2017 Berry Bros. & Rudd Sauternes by Château Climens, Bordeaux, France £14.95 (half bottle)
Joyous, open, balanced and extraordinarily classy, this is a lighter shade of Climens, and it is just the wine for a short train journey (if drinking on a train is still allowed?). Alternatively, any pudding imaginable would be delighted to be romanced by this lovely little bottle.