Rethinking White Bordeaux.
Audience: [moans & grunts]
Release your prejudice. I did. Not until after the tasting, of course.
It had been quite awhile since a white Bordeaux touched my lips. Probably a few years ago in a WSET class. Before that it was in Brooklyn. About 6+ years ago I was at a show at Barbès. I wanted something cold. White Bordeaux the chalkboard read. I placed my order and slammed it. It was insignificant, but cold. It filled my need at the time. But who even knows where to find one?
I think white Bordeaux might be a refreshing by the glass replacement for all the cheap New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc’s that seem to dominate those tiny wine lists in the venues where many of us refuse to drink wine. You know the places. For instance, your local dive bar or your favorite music venue.
I had a preferred the selections where Sémillon was 30-50% of the blend.
2010 Château Marsalette – 50/50 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon – Pessac-Léognan (Jeffery M. Davies Selection)
2014 Château Respide-Médeville Graves Blanc Sec – 50/48/2 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon/Muscadelle (Martine’s Wines)
2014 La Croix de Carbonnieux Blanc – 65/35 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon – Pessac-Léognan (Duclot La Vinicole)
Thank you @anthonycailan for the invite.