Michel Guerard Chateau de Bachen Baron de Bachen 2012, Tursan, France
How’s this for an off the beaten track beauty?
It’s from France’s newest appellation, Tursan, in south west France. The appellation covers a tiny 300ha yielding 16,500 hl - around 2 million bottles of 50% red wines, 40% rosés and 10% whites (to put that in context: Champagne makes some 300 million bottles annually).
Le château de Bachen was bought by top chef Michel Guerard back in 1981. He set himself the goal of championing this area and in particular its indigenous grape variety Baroque. This is a great example and comprises 33% Sauvignon blanc, 33% Baroque, 34% Gros Manseng