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More about Half Bottles of White Wine

As you no doubt know, wines in half bottles age about twice as fast as those in full bottles. Is this a problem half bottles of white wine? Well, it depends on the wine.

Some white wines are designed to be aged. White Burgundy, German Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs from Sancerre and Pouilly Fume come to mind. We have drunk 20 year old wines from all these categories and they were splendid; different from young wines, far more complex with nutty flavours. Generally, white wines that have been oaked need some time in the bottle for the oak to integrate and so aging adds to rather than diminishes the wine.

However, most white wines rely on their freshness for their appeal. We taste our white wines regularly to ensure that they are not losing their freshness. We have very few half bottles of white wine that are more than 3 years old and those that are, are slowly evolving into their nutty, complex stage.

We have established separate sections for the most common types of white wine, that is, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The rest we group under the Other heading. But this is no way implies that they are inferior, just that one comes across them less often. Included in this heading one finds, for example,
Riesling – wines from France, Germany and Australia. If you want to compare these styles we have a tasting pack of Rieslings
Wines of a style similar to Sauvignon Blanc – a blend from Alentejo in Portugal and an Albariño
Wines sort of half way between a Chardonnay and Sauvignon – Muscadet, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio and Chenin Blanc from Vouvray
Gewurztraminer – a highly aromatic and complex wine with lychee notes
Free delivery on all wine club and 12 half bottle purchases
Picture of El Coto (375ml), 2015, Rioja Blanco

El Coto (375ml), 2015, Rioja Blanco

White, Old World, Viura based blend from Rioja, Spain


£5.90
Picture of Ribafreixo (375ml), 2015, Barrancôa Vinho Branco

Ribafreixo (375ml), 2015, Barrancôa Vinho Branco

White, Old World, Antão Vaz blend from Alentejo, Portugal


£6.80
Picture of Chateau De Chasseloir (375ml), 2014, Muscadet Sur Lie

Chateau De Chasseloir (375ml), 2014, Muscadet Sur Lie

White, Old World, Muscadet Sur Lie from Muscadet, France


£6.95
Picture of Bott Frères (375ml), 2012, Gewurztraminer

Bott Frères (375ml), 2012, Gewurztraminer

White, Old World, Gewurztraminer from Alsace France


£8.30
Picture of Bodegas Terras Gauda (375ml), 2015, Albariño San Campio

Bodegas Terras Gauda (375ml), 2015, Albariño San Campio

White, Old World, Albariño from Rias Baixas, Spain


£8.80
Picture of Dr Loosen (375ml), 2014, Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett

Dr Loosen (375ml), 2014, Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett

White, Old World, Riesling from Germany


£8.90
Picture of Rodaro, (375ml), 2015, Pinot Grigio Fiore

Rodaro, (375ml), 2015, Pinot Grigio Fiore

White, Old World, Pinot Grigio from Colli Orientali, Italy


£9.20
Picture of Bott Frères (375ml) 2015, Riesling Tradition

Bott Frères (375ml) 2015, Riesling Tradition

White, Old World, Riesling from Alsace, France


£9.50
Picture of Marc Brédif (375ml), 2015, Vouvray Classic

Marc Brédif (375ml), 2015, Vouvray Classic

White, Old World, Chenin Blanc from Vouvray in the Loire, France


£9.55
Picture of Bott Frères (375ml), 2015, Pinot Gris

Bott Frères (375ml), 2015, Pinot Gris

White, Old World, Pinot Gris from Alsace France


£10.15