On the subject of celebrity endorsements chef Gordon Ramsay has given his official seal of approval to a wine - according to Jane Anson at the New Bordeaux blog - allowing his signature to appear on all bottles. The wine in question is not an expensive top flight one but a consistently good one that is just celebrating 10 years as the house wine in all Ramsay restaurants: Chateau Bauduc in Creon, Entre Deux Mers. It's owned by an English couple, Gavin and Angela Quinney, who went out there some years ago now.
Most of the production is sold direct to a loyal following of around 3000 private customers, mostly through the Bauduc website and the newsletter, and the Quinneys have their own warehouse near London.
It just goes to show that there are many great wines from petit chateaux in France that the general public within the UK have not discovered yet which the French snap up at source. Insider knowledge is a useful tool. Check out Nick's selection at www.bordeaux-undiscovered.co.uk.