Le Nardian, Lugaignac, Bordeaux Blanc Sec

“As good as a top northern Graves, and more individual. Spicy. Quite rich. Rather wild.”

LE NARDIAN is the product of a wager between our  now-retired Consulting Oenologue, Gilles Pauquet (also consultant to CHATEAUX CHEVAL BLANC, FIGEAC, and CANON), and ourselves that a low cropped white would see similar benefits to a red wine. The first wine was produced in 2000, and it continues to sell out.

Factsheet Reviews Purchase

2014

The Wine Doctor En Primeur - Chris Kissack

“16.5-17.5/20 POINTS

A Jonathan Maltus wine, tasted at Château Teyssier. The harvest here was Sauvignon Blanc (60%) on September 14th, Muscadelle (20%) on September 16th and Semillon (20%) on September 18th. Fermented in 50% new oak and 50% in one-year old barrels. Alcohol 13.45%, acidity 4.43 g/l. More intensity of colour here than you usually find from the traditional Bordeaux varieties, and more expression on the nose too, with a little honeyed apricot, fresh citrus lift, and a little toasted oak. The palate is broad and substantial, but with the bright acidity of the vintage. Impressive, and that's rare when working solely with the local varieties.”

The Wine Advocate En Primeur - Neal Martin

“89-91 POINTS

“The Le Nardian 2014 (formerly Clos Nardian until someone noticed there wasn't actually a wall around it, not that this has stopped a lot of winemakers), a blend of 20% Sémillon, 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Muscadelle cropped at three bunches to the vine that totals 10 barrels. The vines were planted five years ago and proprietor Jonathan Maltus believes that this is the first that he has got right. It has an attractive mirabelle and pear-scented bouquet that is nicely defined, the 50% new oak nicely integrated. The palate is crisp on the entry with good acidity, a slight waxiness to the texture with yellow plum and a touch of nectarine on the finish. Quite distinctive–you might actually think this was a wine from the Jura, and I mean that in a good way.”

Wine Enthusiast En Primeur - Roger Voss

“87–90 POINTS

The straw and lemon curd notes have a creamy feel and good weight, with hints of nectarine and persimmon lending this an exotic hint.”

2013

Wine Advocate, Neal Martin

“87-89 POINTS :Jonathan Maltus told me that he made the Le Nardian, formerly Clos Nardian, a little "sharper" than in recent years. It is a blend of 40% Semillon, 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Muscadelle. It has a pleasant bouquet with light lime, apple peel and pear, finely delineated with admirable vigour. The palate has a definite sharpness to it, adorned with delicate touches of pear and peach skin, leading to an edgy citrus-fresh finish. Fine, although I think there is better to come. Tasted April 2014.”

James Suckling, in Barrel tasting

“90-91 POINTS : A dense white wine for the vintage with dried-pineapple and apricot character. Tangy acidity.

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Matthew Jukes, En Primeur 2013

“POINTS 16.5 : (50 Sauvignon Blanc, 40 Semillon, 10 Muscadelle)

Ten barrels, half new, half one year old. The Muscadelle is the trick here. The scent is alluring and exotic and the superb acid balances it all up! Clever wine.

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The Wine Cellar Insider, Jeff Leve

“90 POINTS : Grapefruit, lemon, floral and orange aromas open into a fresh, zippy, light and chalky lemon finish. From a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle.”

The Wine Doctor, Chris Kissack

“POINTS 16-17/20 : Sauvignon Blanc 50% (picked September 25th), Semillon 40% (picked October 2nd), Muscadelle 10% (picked September 28th). Fermented in 50% new oak, 50% one-year oak. Renamed Le Nardian this year. Pear, polished citrus fruit, hints of white pepper here, quite a perfumed character. The palate is tense and really quite substantial, with good breadth to it, lots of polished orchard fruit, piles of grip as well. Fresh, bright, polished and punchy, with good texture, pithy depth, great grip, bright acidity and a vigorous style overall. Very good.

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Jean-Marc Quarin, En primeur

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Robert Parker, in barrel tasting

“POINTS 86-87: Crisp, fresh notes of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon zest are present in this blend of Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years.

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2012

Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss

“POINTS 89-91

Barrel sample. This is a delicious, spicy wine that glories in its peach and pear flavors. Opulent in style, the wine is ripe and rounded with just a twist of grapefruit acidity. — R.V. (4/10/2013)”

2011

Wine Spectator

“POINTS 89-92.Tangy at first, with thyme and chive hints giving way quickly to riper melon and peach notes. Persistent, with a lovely salted butter edge on the finish. Sneakily long. —J.M.

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Wine Enthusiast

“POINTS 89–91 Ripe, smooth and creamy in texture, this wine has rich flavors of spice and green fruit. —R.V.”

Wine Enthusiast in Bottle

“88 POINTS : This is a smooth, ripe wine, just hinting at wood. Honey and lemon flavors are cut by tight, mineral acidity. It’s perfumed from the Muscadelle in the blend, giving a rich wine that is developing fast. Drink from 2015.—R.V

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2010

Robert Parker

“POINTS 88-90 - A strong effort, this blend of equal parts Sauvignon and Semillon as well as 10% Muscadelle exhibits lots of honeyed tropical fruits and assorted citrus in its medium-bodied, fresh style.

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Neal Martin, Wine Advocates

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Jane Anson, South China Morning Post (1)

“POINTS 89 - This has an incredibly aromatic nose, and a welcome lift on the finish. Good gourmet feel, with stone fruits and fleshy ripeness. 40% semillon, 40% sauvignon blanc, 20% muscadelle. Drink 2012-2018.”

Wine Enthusiast

“POINTS 89–91 - From vineyards in the Entre-Deux-Mers, this is herbaceous and fresh. The wine has a grassy character with a citrus edge, spice and grapefruit. It’s lively and refreshing. –R.V.”

Wine Spectator

“POINTS 89-92 - Tangy at first, with thyme and chive hints giving way quickly to riper melon and peach notes. Persistent, with a lovely salted butter edge on the finish. Sneakily long. —J.M.”

Wine Spectator in Bottle March 2013

“Point 90 : Creamy and honeyed, with heather, freshly churned butter, verbena, chamomile and yellow apple fruit flavors that glide together through a long, flattering finish. A flash of apple skin keeps this honest. Drink now through 2010. - JM”

Wine Enthusiast in bottle

“88 Points : A creamy, wood-aged white that simultaneously emphasizes crisp Sauvignon Blanc fruit and minerality. Hints of pineapple and lemon go with a tight texture. A rich yet fresh wine that could age for a few years but can also be enjoyed now. World's End LL. R.V”

2009

Neal Martin

“88-90 Points: A blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon and 20% Muscadelle, this has a less leesy bouquet than in previous year (there was no batonnage in 2009.) The Semillon drives the nose with notes of apple-blossom, lime leaf and grapefruit. The palate has a ripe entry, balanced, although perhaps missing a little delineation towards the primal, lime and sherbert-tinged finish but this represents a decent white Saint Emilion, the Muscadelle lending it a Rhone-like sheen. Tasted March 2010”

Stephen Tanzer

“2009 Bordeaux Blanc (40% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon and 20% muscadelle, 50% new oak) Deep gold-tinged straw. Fresh pink grapefruit, canned peach, lichee and ripe pear on the rich, complex nose. At once dense and suave, with very ripe fruit and herbal nuances contributing to the wine's impression of inner-mouth aromatic character. Finishes juicy, with a hint of new vanillin oak. I'm not sure why, but this white vin de garage behaves in rather unusual fashion over time, becoming quite Rhone-like with a few years under its belt, showing more viognier and marsanne character than sauvignon or semillon. Perhaps it's the terroir, or perhaps it's the very high percentage of muscadelle that has something to do with this phenomenon. Owner Jonathan Maltus told me he likes to use reverse osmosis "to pump up the muscadelle a bit since by cropping as low as we do it loses some of its aromas." Spoken like a true garagiste: the purist (cynic?) in me wants to rebel, but the wine is pretty darn good.”

South China Morning Post

“POINTS 90 - 40% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon, 20% Muscadelle. This has a rich and round mouthfeel – again, as many of the whites in 2009 - with juicy finish. Vinification temperature for the white was kept cool at around 20-22 (and entirely vinified in barrel), with skin contact for the first night. This was really the first ‘cult’ Right Bank white of Bordeaux, and with just 350 cases, it disappears pretty fast. Alcohol 13.7%. Accomplished and successful, if you like a richer style of white.”

Wine Enusiast (in bottle)

“POINTS 89. A limited-production white from just outside Saint-Èmilion. It has a Burgundian richness with mango, apricot and kiwi fruits, spiced further with the wood aging. The acidity knifes right through the wine to keep all these flavors fresh and crisp. — RV.”

Derek Smedley, MW

“POINTS 93 - Drink 2012-16 - Sémillon 38%, Sauvignon 38%, Muscadelle 24%

There is a lot happening on the nose ripe fleshy candied pears and pineapple backed by pink grapefruit. The palate is well balanced between fleshy fruit and fresher more citrus flavours. The finish is zesty and long.”

2008

Robert Parker

“POINTS 88-91”

Jane Anson

“POINTS 92. Very rich nose, 40% semillon, 40% sauvignon, 20% muscadelle. Pruned to 2 bunches for the sauvignon, 3 bunches for the others. First vintage 2000, but just introduced Jacques Lurton as white wine maker here since this vintage (they are planning to do a white wine in Napa together also). Some lees stirring, but limited. Aged in 100% new oak, for about six-eight months (Seguin Moreau). Very soft and silky, but the acidity is good and firm. Successful.”

Neal Martin

“POINTS 89-90. Jacques Lurton has been taken on as consultant for this wine, 40% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Muscadelle, the nose has a nice purity to it, a little pithy with grapefruit, a touch kiwi and passion fruit. The palate is taut, well balanced with nice acidity. Nice prickle on the finish. Tasted April 2009.”

Wine Enthusiast

“POINTS 89-91. A great, fresh fruity wine, packed with grapefruit and lime, topped by yellow fruits, the finish with a waft of acidity. A well-structured, but eminently fruity wine.–R.V.”

James Suckling

“POINTS 90. This is oily and rich, with lots of pineapple, mango and peach aromas and flavors. Full body, with a tangy and sliced pineapple aftertaste. Bright and fruity. Nicely done for this estate. Drink now.”

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

“Points 89 Fresher than in previous vintages, with a lighter touch. There is citrus, a touch of nutmeg and toast. Grapefruit and ripe pear complete this light-hearted wine.”

International Wine Challenge

“SILVER MEDAL - Deep straw, mute floral, honeysuckle aroma, grapefruity, with an elegant finish.

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2007

Jancis Robinson

“Full, dry white. Firm and concentrated nose with no obvious sweetness. Tasted just after a good line-up of Graves Blanc and it stood its ground… Spicy. Quite rich. Rather wild. Very painful acidity. Lots of minerals. Good that Jonathan Maltus is giving serious white a go. Maybe a bit acid- exaggerated to be strongly recommendable but chapeau for effort! Very astringent finish at present. Clearly ambitious.”

Neil Martin on eRP, April 2008

“POINTS 89-91. This is a blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon and 20% Muscadelle, the latter undergoing reverse-osmosis. Cropped at three bunches per vine, this has a lovely grapefruit, apricot-tinged nose not dissimilar to a Northern Rhone. Just a touch of honey. The palate is well balanced with good acidity, lovely fresh grapefruit, greengage, pear and honeydew melon on the palate with good tension on the finish. Lovely white Saint Emilion. Tasted April 2008.”

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

“POINTS 89-91. Delicious creamy fruit, with lime and custard, touched with vanilla. This is attractively balanced, fresh but also rich”

Stephen Tanzer's, May 2008

“POINTS 89-91. A blend of 40% semillon, 40% sauvignon blanc and 20% muscadelle. Good medium-pale yellow. Pungent aromas of lime, peach nectar, licorice, mint and white flowers. Highly aromatic and strong in acidity, with a sappy quality to the flavors of peach, lime leaf, spice, flowers and licorice. Not at all a thick style but this boasts excellent verve. As was the case with the 2006 a year ago, I find no trace of the semillon today; proprietor Jonathan Maltus says this variety begins to display a honeyed character after about a year. Finishes with a strong licorice quality, very good energy and sneaky floral persistence.”

VinVino Life rates Bordeaux 2007, March 2007

“POINTS 91”

2006

Robert Parker WA#170 '2006 Bordeaux - The Top 152 Wines of the Vintage', May 2007

“POINTS 89-91. This is a strong vintage for Bordeaux’s dry white wines, probably as good as or better than 2005. Crisp acidity combined with outstanding concentration.”

Decanter, April 2007

“4 STARS. Medium yellow, very grapefruity lift and really fine expression of Bordeaux Blanc, both lush and zesty. 2007-9.”

Francois Mauss, GJE, Posted on eRobertParker April 2007

“... And always the genius in white, so crispy and elegant, with just the necessary flesh: Clos Nardian. In fact, it seems that the secret of this wine is the varietal "muscadelle" which is in the blend.”

Jancis Robinson, April 2007

“POINTS 16.5. Drink 2009-13 Peachy nose – very floral and then great zesty grapefruit skin acidity – very individual. Dry quite oaky finish, fine texture. Chewy. Very distinctive.”

Justerini & Brooks, 2007

“Jonathan Maltus has matured into one of the most respected winemakers of our time. Having entered the industry by chance some fifteen years ago, he is now owner of numerous properties in Bordeaux and Australia and has been awarded more stars and points by the press in that relatively short period than he would ever have imagined possible. Master of different styles, he is best known for his reds - amongst which the tiny St Emilion Grand Cru Le Dôme vineyard remains the most lauded - but he is also highly respected by a select few as maker of one of the finest dry whites in Bordeaux. Clos Nardian was unique from its inception, as Jonathan sought to create a wine that would merge classic Bordeaux crispness with a richness and weight normally associated with warmer regions. In 2006, a perfect vintage for dry whites, Clos Nardian really is a 'tour de force', rich and racy, full yet balanced, with great character. Wonderfully exotic on the nose, with mangoes, peaches and nectarines, ripe and full with crisp acidity and a creamy texture. Wonderful, and clearly one of the finest whites of the vintage (for a fraction of the price of the top Pessacs).”

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, ERobert Parker

“POINTS 90-92. One of several excellent white Saint Emilions. A fine nose with quite a lot of new oak. The palate has good acidity, quite creamy in texture with notes of lemon, pineapple and coconut. Good length, very fresh and aromatic (as a little Muscadelle had been blended.). Excellent.”

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar – May/June 07

“POINTS 88-90. From a south-facing clay-and-limestone site in Saint Aubin de Branne, on the south side of the Dordogne; a blend of 40% each semillon and sauvignon blanc with 20% muscadelle, cropped at 22 hectoliters per hectare. Pale green-yellow. Pungent aromas of fresh-cut grass, flowers and spicy oak. Juicy, leanish and brisk; almost hard-edged today despite conveying a chewy impression of extract. This is less opulent than the '05, as the semillon element is currently in the deep background. Hard to taste today: I suspect this is better than it's showing now.”

VinVinoLife - July 2007

“POINTS 91”

2005

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

“POINTS 90-93. An excellent vintage for Bordeaux’s dry whites, which tend to be vastly underrated, exceptionally long-lived (30-40 years in some cases), the 2005 possesses crisp acidity as well as serious weight, richness, and texture. This is one of the top 2005 dry white Bordeaux wines.”

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #176, April 2008

“POINTS 91. A big, thick, juicy style of generic white Bordeaux, this 2005 exhibits plenty of honeyed apple, citrus oil, and toasty oak offered in a Burgundian style. Displaying a thickness and richness that is atypical for dry white Bordeaux, it should be drunk over the next 7-8 years.”

Craig S. Collins, posted on Wine Bulletin Board at eRobertParker, April 2006

“The first was a 03 "Clos Nardian¨by Chateau Teyssier, comprised of Semillion, Sav Blanc, and some 75 year old Muscadelle. This wine was a gift to Francois earlier in the day from Jonathan Maltus, the wine maker at Ch Teyssier, when we visited the estate to taste 05 Le Dome (also excellent, but pricey I fear) and the 05 Clos Nardian, which left me speechless...thick, rich, viscous and balanced by acidity, the wine is a must buy for me, this white wine was SO exciting!”

Decanter, April 2006

“4 STARS. Clos Nardian Bordeaux Blanc. Full lemony-yellow, grapefruit aromas lifted by finely tuned oak showing the fleshiness of Semillon with the crisp lift of Sauvignon Blanc, full yet bone-dry with intrinsic florality. Very good. Drink 2006-10. (17 points)”

Francois Mauss, Grand Jury Européen

“If I had some funds, this will be my selection…………In white, my dada : the white from Mr Maltus properties (Château Teyssier and Le Dôme) : a taste near no one. It is a phenomenon, unique aromatic palette, unbelievable wine (I hope it will only increase in complexity and freshness).”

Francois Mauss, posted on Wine Bulletin Board at eRobertParker, April 2006

“This white wine is a truly rarity in Bordeaux and if it is available in USA, jump on it : a fascinating blend, completely unusual : bravo for this wine!”

Justerini & Brooks, April 2006

“The character of the vintage shines through so clearly in this wine, it is the best Clos Nardian yet. Equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, with 20% of Muscadelle, the Semillon is less tropical than usual and so the aromatics are more refined and classic, giving more focus to the whole. Nevertheless, there is still a good measure of fun and exuberance to be had, with white flowers, grapefruit and clotted cream on the nose, a full-bodied doughy warmth on the palate followed by zesty mango, and a rich yet refreshing finish. Outstanding!”

Neal Martin, Wine Journal, eRobertParker

“POINTS 91-93. A lifted, quite creamy nose - waxy and slightly honeyed. Good acidity on the palate, well-balanced with a fresh very focused citrusy, minerally feel. Quite Burgundian, like a Chassagne-Montrachet. Excellent.”

Neville Blech – Bacchus & Comus

“POINTS 93. Clos Nardian St.Auban de Branne 2005. (40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon, 20% Muscadelle). Another single vineyard wine from a village just south of St. Emilion. Once assemblage of the three varieties is complete, the juice is poured into new French oak barrels that have been given a stronger than normal toast and left to age for eight months. The 2005 is a nicely balanced blend with good weight with a hint of tropical fruit on the palate. The extra toast in the barrels enhances the grip and complexity on this full-bodied wine. ”

Steven Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

“POINTS 89-92. Captivating nose combines mint, ginger, white flowers, pink grapefruit and exotic orange spice tea. Then almost surprisingly ripe and broad on the palate, with lovely sappy flavors of lemon, lime, flowers and spices, lifted by high-toned peppermint. Complex, persistent finish features spices and mint. This seems almost ready to bottle! This is Jonathan Maltus's Bordeaux blanc; just ten barrels were made.”

VinVino, Gregor Drescher

“POINTS 90-91”

VinVinoLife - July 2007

“90-91”

Wine Behind the Label - Williamson & Moore, 2005

“4 STARS. There is also an excellent barrel-fermented white, which blends all three white Bordeaux varieties. The Muscadelle comes from vines planted in the mid-1930's. Sourced from three tiny, ideally exposed parcels in limestone soils just across the river Dordogne south of the Saint Emilion AC, this is rich and complex, subtly oaked white.”

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“POINTS 90. Toasty, creamy, almost Burgundian in its richness, this wood and tropical fruit dominated wine is rich and full, but has also managed to preserve freshness. Alongside the acidity, there is concentration, and a lively twist of green herbs. — R.V.”

2004

Decanter, 2005

“4 STARS. From a 45% each Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc/10% Muscadelle blend, this is more musky and less grapefruit than in previous years. Full yellow in colour, floral and citrussy, with bright clear flavours, very good oak, long fleshy fruit and rounded, dry finish. Drink 2006-12.”

Gil Lempert-Schwarz, WineVegas, 2005

“A very interesting white wine from the Saint Emilion area showing pineapple juice, coconut, mango skins and other exotic fruits. Lovely balance between fruit and acidity and lingering finish.”

Jancis Robinson, 2005

“Fascinating rich but dry white made at Ch Teyssier in St Emilion from 40% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Muscadelle. Very full and expressive nose with quite a hit of lemon. Peachy flavours, a bit sharp on the palate and not quite as powerful and persistent on the palate as the nose suggests it might be.”

Justerini & Brooks, 2005

“Deep gold appearance with tints of youthful silvery green. Very good nose of fresh and juicy fruit, almost tropical hints; excellent weight and balance, delicious and long. Superb.”

Justerini & Brooks, October 2004

“Clos Nardian belies its roots, offering a tropical richness previously unknown in a Bordeaux blanc”

Wine International, 2005

“Jonathan Maltus's unconventional white wine always seems to have a more exotic note than other white Bordeaux. 40 per cent each of Sauvignon and Sémillon, with an usually high proportion of Muscadelle, are fermented in new oak barrels. The result is bright and ripe, with intense flavours of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and, of course, new oak. Acidity is lean, and the finish is perfumed and elegant. 2005-2007.”

2003

Addison Wines, 2005

“It is the marked richness of the aromas and palate that excel. Outrageously exotic with concentrated mandarin, fig, citrus and lychee combine with spicy vanilla oak. Obviously shows incredible depth but just as importantly, shows a length and balance to sustain all the fruit. This is going to be great now and over the next 8-10 years.”

Decanter, 2004

“4 STARS. This wine comes from Chateau Teyssier in St Emilion. Full, pale gold colour, really rich Semillon nose with a touch of minerality, citrus fruits and oak pronounced at the moment, very impressive despite low acidity. 2005-8.”

Ernie Whalley, Irish Food & Wine Magazine.

“Clos Nardian Saint Aubin de Branne, Bordeaux Blanc 2003 Oustanding exposition of white Bordeaux style from Jonathan Maltus again. Utterly gorgeous, but the price!”

Justerini & Brooks, 2004

“Vivid pale straw colour, with a big, exotic nose of pineapple, peaches and orange peel, even hints of marmalade. It has a full, creamy texture on the palate, very fresh and long with heaps of fruit through to the finish. Jonathan Maltus is constantly surprised by the wines he makes from these small vineyards south of St Emilion, and this is the most spectacular wine he has made to date. We have developed a loyal following for this wine and can never get enough of it, and tasting the 2003 it is easy to see why”

The Wine Journal, 2004

“Just 8 barrels of this rare white Saint Emilion. A citrus, chalk dust nose with fine definition. The palate is well-balanced, still quite creamy at the moment. Very tight but it certainly has the freshness and vigor to turn into something interesting. Not dissimilar to a top end Napa white (that is not a pejorative comment.) Excellent.”

Wine Enthusiast, 2005

“POINTS 91. Produced by Jonathan Maltus, who also makes the superstar Saint-Emilion wine, Le Dôme, this a beautifuuly crafted wine that brings together tropical fruits, flavors of quince and creamy vanilla. There is some good acidity, despite the hot year, which brings everything into balance. Imported by Louis Latour USA.”

Wine International 2004

“POINTS 90-93. Made by Jonathan Maltus of Le Dôme, this supposedly humble Bordeaux Blanc (the same appellation as Pavillon Blanc de Château Margaux) offers a very rich, exotic style, with lemon and greengage flavours and hints of flowery spice. There’s good, creamy weight and complexity, with freshness in the middle that lifts the flavours and gives the wine excellent length. More typical of this vintage than Bordeaux. Drink from: 2004-2008”

Wine International, 2004

“POINTS 91. The maverick star of this tasting, Clos Nardian is the no-expense-spared white equivalent of a garage wine. Only eight barrels a year are produced from 50-year-old vines. It is made by Englishman Jonathan Maltus, who also produces Le Dome in Saint Emilion. Lovely, rich honeyed Semillon aromas, with soft but balancing acidity and good pure apricot fruit. A deep-gold colour with a ripe peachy nose almost exotic. The palate is really ripe and weighty, with balanced acidity and length. Drink 2005-2007.”

2002

Andrew Jefford, The New France, 2002

“Ambitious white wine produced by Jonathan Maltus from just half a hectare of vines on the northeastern edge of the Entre-de-Mers. Fifty-year old vines and a yield of 25 hl/ha plus barrel fermentation in new oak gives sumptuous results for this 50/50 Sauvingnon-Semillon blend.”

Justerini & Brooks, 2003

“A thoroughly delicious 2002, in our view the best yet from the dynamic Jonathan Maltus. Aromas of exotic citrus and pineapple, fresh acidity and complexity. The low yields and naturally lively acidity combined with the broad structure and barrel ferment make for a wine of great depth and length. 40% Sauvignon, 40% Semillon and 20% Muscadelle.”

Spurrier's choice, Decanter July 2003

“Best Old World White - If his Cabernet Franc-dominated Le Dome was Jonathan Maltus’ version of Cheval Blanc, Clos Nardian is his take on Laville Haut-Brion. With 40% each of Sauvignon and Semillon and 20% Muscadelle, this is a broad, structured, dry white, grapefruity and exotically ripe, yet controlled and balanced with a long finish”

Sunday Business Post, Tomas Clancy

“The wizard of St Emilion, Jonathan Maltus, once again beats the older boys at their own game. Maltus famously repeats that Bordeaux talks terroir, but sells brands. Here he is playing the opposite game taking tiny parcels from Grand Vin and releasing them as terroir-driven wines. This is a sauvignon-semillon blend, with a dash of muscadelle from St Emilion hinterlands. It is superb, featuring oils and lemon over a gravelled interior, out-gunning Graves.”

VinVino Life, 2003

“POINTS 90 - 92”

2001

Justernini & Brooks, 2002

“Made from 70-year-old vines. Bright vibrant yellow/green colour with a great floral nose of peach and citrus fruits. Racy acidity combines well with ripe juicy fruit and excellent flavours”

Lea & Sandeman, 2002

“If you can lay your hands on Haut Brion Blanc or Laville, or Jonathan Maltus's Clos Nardian, and you really need a change from Chevalier Montrachet, then obviously you must buy some”

Steven Spurrier, Decanter, 2002

“4 STARS. Lemony yellow colour, floral and citrussy nose dominated by grapefruit and enhanced by new oak, a ripe, almost fleshy presence on the palate, superb definition of flavours and fine natural acidity, as good as a top northern Graves, and more individual”

Wine-Journal, 2002

“Maltus super-cuvee from the Right Bank. Perfumed nose: pineapple & white flowers. Aromatic palate: lychee, almond & pineapple. Very good acidity. Quite spicy on the finish. Quite Rhone-like. Excellent.”

2000

Justerini & Brooks, 2001

“Explosion of white peach and ripe apple. Full bodied flavour but with excellent acidity. Broody, structured with great length and individuality.”

Laytons, 2001

“This is probably the first 'garage white wine' in Bordeaux's history. It is quite stupendous. Made from 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon grapes, only 150 cases have been made. 26 hectolitres per hectare was the crop, which is the equivalent to 3 bunches per vine. The wine is so extracted and classy that it almost tastes like white Hermitage. It leaves a taste in the mouth that goes on for ever. Very, very, classy. Drink 2003-2010”

Wijn Verlinden, 2001

“At the south side of Saint Emilion, Jonathan Maltus found a small vineyard planted with Semillon and Sauvignon of more than 50 year old vines. He harvested no more than 3 bunches per vine and vinified the must in new oak barrels. The result is amazing: an explosion of tastes, dried, tropical fruits, vanilla, full-bodied and very pleasant freshness as well.”

VINEYARD

LE NARDIAN is an atypical Bordeaux dry white wine that is cropped at 22 hectolitres per hectare – around three bunches per vine (about a third of the authorised yield in the area). The vines are situated on a perfect clay-over-limestone soil/terroir just south of the Dordogne River, at the village of Lugaignac. The aspect is a full-on south facing slope.

TECHNICAL

LE NARDIAN is made up of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, and 20% Muscadelle. The grapes are harvested over a four week period – bit-by-bit - soft-pressed, and kept chilled under 6 degrees. The juice is then racked and fermentation is started in new French oak barrels in a cold room.

ANYTHING UNUSUAL?

LE NARDIAN has, as one of its major components, Muscadelle - a cousin of Viognier. We manage to get an almost Rhone-style sense with the wine as its aromatic quality comes to the fore.

WHAT THEY SAY

91-93 POINTS, NEAL MARTIN, THE WINE ADVOCATE

"A lifted, quite creamy nose” waxy and slightly honeyed. Good acidity on the palate, well-balanced with a fresh very focused citrusy, minerally feel. Quite Burgundian, like a Chassagne-Montrachet. Excellent."

4 STARS, DECANTER MAGAZINE

"Lemony yellow color, floral and citrusy nose dominated by grapefruit and enhanced by new oak, a ripe, almost fleshy presence on the palate, superb definition of flavors and fine natural acidity, as good as a top northern Graves, and more individual."