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Bordeaux’s Warm Weather Whites

June 11th, 2013 by Alan A. Barone

 

 

Dry white Bordeaux wine may be relatively unknown to the average American palate and certainly underappreciated in the wine world, particularly because Bordeaux has been built on a footing of red
wine.  Even the famous sweet whites like Sauternes or Barsac receive much more attention than most dry whites from Bordeaux.  They have remained in the background of the region’s reds, historically because quality never measured-up and their availability was erratic.

Today, Bordeaux whites have made a dramatic, about-face
turn toward quality and accessibility, and could be some of the best bargains
for dry white wines. Results are due to the improvements in vineyard
management, sanitation, as well as advances in technology.

Principally, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are the main varietals that
are grown and blended in the region, with minor amounts of Muscadelle and Sauvignon
Gris utilized in particular blends.  Whatever the style, these Bordeaux blends are well-crafted with a more moderate price point and they are very adaptable to food pairing due to the balanced acidity and mineral clarity. At the Wine Bar, we offer a Sauvignon Blanc flight that will give you an opportunity to compare three wines from different regions of the world.

For under $20, these warm weather recommendations warrant a taste:

2011 Chateau Graville Lacoste, Graves

This old vine blend has an aromatic floral and citrus nose leads to a medium-bodied wine with
fresh stone fruit, melon and lemon flavors.

2011 Chateau Haut Guillebot Blanc

Lively with subtle aromas of peach and grapefruit which build slightly on the medium
palate with a hint of vanilla on the crisp finish.

2011 Chateau Marjosse Blanc, Entre-deux-Mers

Immediate fragrances of lime, flowers and quince with lively and
youthful citrus flavor notes of lemon, spice and grapefruit.

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