The older I get, the more I like white Bordeaux. It’s such an interesting expression of Sauvignon Blanc (often bolstered with a bit of Semillon, of course), usually barrel fermented. My experience is that barrel-fermented Sauvignon ages really well, and – as long as the oak isn’t overpowering – it drinks well young, too. So it’s a useful sort of wine. And with the exception of a few celebrity white Bordeaux (Haut Brion Blanc, Smith Haut Lafitte and Chevalier, for example). This is a really good one.
Chateau Rahoul 2010 Graves, Bordeaux, France
13.5% alcohol. Wonderful nose of grapefruit, subtle vanilla, toast, quince, pear and fennel. The palate is fresh and zippy with nice depth of pear/citrus fruit and well integrated oak. Quite serious and ageworthy. 92/100 (£16 The Wine Society)
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