jamie goode's wine blog: Bordeaux Blanc

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Bordeaux Blanc

I've drunk quite a bit of Bordeaux Blanc over the last few weeks. It varies in quality, of course, but I think it should be a bit more popular than it is. First of all, it's dominated by Sauvignon Blanc, which is super-fashionable these days. Often, it's blended with a bit of Semillon, which adds lemony freshness. And then there might be a bit of Muscadelle in, to add fruity, grapey notes.

Bordeaux Blanc can be fresh, fruity and inexpensive. It can also be more serious and more expensive. Often, the more expensive examples will have a bit of oak - this is one of the few regions where Sauvignon is regularly barrel fermented. As a rule, Bordeaux Sauvignon tends to be more minerally and less generous and aromatic than, say, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Tonight's wine is an example of a really good Bordeaux Blanc - one that's serious and quite complex.

Ch‚teau Doisy-DaŽne Sec 2007 Bordeaux
100% Sauvignon from a Ch‚teau that is more famous for its fabulous Sauternes. It is made by Denis Dubourdieu, the Bordeaux University professor famous for his work on the flavour compounds in Sauvignon Blanc. Grapefruit and lemon notes dominate, with some herby, tangy savouriness and high acidity. Thereís a pronounced tangerine character, too, with lovely contrast between the ripe, bright fruit and the more savoury pithy notes. Some wood here, but it fits in perfectly. A complex, gastronomic wine. 93/100 (£14.50 The Wine Society)

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At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Wow - sounds like a bargain! White Bordeaux does tend to get forgotten about. Have had some high end stuff (Pav Blanc) that was very good but extremely pricey. Will check this out.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger lobas said...

a great wine www.mrwino.co.uk

At 1:39 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Alex, it's not an obvious style of wine, and some of it is hideously overpriced, I agree.


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