Chateau Ducasse, Bordeaux Blanc 2021Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle
Meeting owner and winemaker Hervé Dubourdieu is almost like meeting a surgeon. Dressed to perfection and walking with confidence, his estate is located in the southern end of the famed Bordeaux wine region in Haut Barsac, famous for white wine, and more famous for dessert wine made from the noble mold, botrytis. I remember walking around the winery and feeling that if I put on a white glove I would not find a spec of dust, let alone dirt, anywhere in the winery. This cleanliness shows up in the wines. Always pristine and focused, the aromatics are fresh and the palate clean. The dessert wines produced here are what many of the estates in Barsac and neighboring village of Sauternes focus on. When a vineyard does not obtain the noble rot and the airflow is just too much to create the famous mold, it is still perfect to produce dry, fresh white wine blended with Sémillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc. No oak is used in the winemaking, and flavors of citrus and grass come through. Due to the river emptying into the Atlantic and the humid air blowing inland down into the vineyards, the wines are incredible with light seafood salads or simple preparations that highlight lemon.
Peybonhomme-Les Tours, Le Blanc Bonhomme Cotes de Blaye 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon
From the same Bordeaux house that brought us Château La Grolet. Even though Château Peybonhomme Les Tours began six generations ago in 1895, this generation begins with the union of two humans of different wine-related backgrounds. Jean-Luc Hubert descended from a long line of sailors who navigated the Gironde river utilizing “scow” boats to transport wine. Alternatively, Catherine came from a long line of winemakers, her great grandfather having acquired Peybonhomme in 1890. Both of their ancestors worked extensively with one another making and transporting wine, unbeknownst to them the union that would one day happen. The kids have grown and now assist in making beautiful, natural wines and following in their parents’ footsteps.
Peybohomme takes a traditional Bordeaux Blanc blend and creates a satisfying dry white with equal parts Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. 40% of the wine ferments in new barrels while the rest takes place in concrete. The ageing process takes place over six months while the winemaking process keeps in tune with the biodynamic calendar.
Chateau Marjosse, Bordeaux Blanc 2017Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle
Though the history of Château Marjosse is an extensive one, the story of winemaker Pierre Lurton begins in 1991. Pierre learned winemaking from his father Dominic, winemaker at the neighboring Chateau Reynier. At a young age, he was seriously ambitious, renting parcels of Marjosse from a retired French general. For his first vintage, he vinified everything by hand with almost no help. The following year, he managed the prestigious Cheval Blanc, continuing to manage his own property during off hours. The frost of 1991 lost him his entire crop, yet he took some loans and moved forward. Even though career beginnings were humble, his ardent winemaking journey has encompassed new roles—he is now CEO of Chateau d’Yquem and managing director for Cheval Blanc. The wines of Chateau Marjosse are a lens into Pierre’s grand capabilities.
The 2017 vintage of Bordeaux is known as the year of the frost; production was down a staggering 40-50%. Château Marjosse was fortunate enough to produce their white, but no red was produced for this vintage.
Tertre De Launay, Entre-Deux-Mers 2018Regular price $15.00 Save $-15.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle
In the commune of Soussac about 50 kilometres south east of Bordeaux in the Entre-Deux-Mers made from 45 % Sémillon 35 % Sauvignon and 20 % Muscadelle. It is the high proportion of Muscadelle that makes Château Tertre de Launay so special. It is a difficult grape, often susceptible to grey rot. When perfectly ripe, the Muscadelle contributes complexity, finesse, bredth and its own special aromas to the wine.
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 'Les Hauts de Smith' Blanc 2019Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
The story of Château Smith Haut Lafitte began in the medieval 14th century when there was the first record of any deeds of the estate, vines included. As history goes, the estate changed hands quite a bit; a Scottish wine merchant purchased it in the mid-18th century and named it after himself. A gentleman by the name of Lodi acquired the estate later on—this same man was also the mayor of Bordeaux and a signer of the official 1855 classification. Fast forward to today; Florence and Daniel Cathiard fell in love with the estate, intending to continue its legacy of excellence. One daughter, Mathilde, and husband founded a company that utilizes the vine cuttings and grape seeds in a range of beauty care products. This epic history reinstates the legacy this chateau continues to carry on.
Traditionally, a Bordeaux Blanc is a blended wine, though “Les Hauts de Smith” is simply Sauvignon Blanc. This may be considered the winery’s entry level white, but the care and quality is just as great as that of their best. The aging process is lengthy as the wine spends one year on its lees in French oak barrels, half of which are new.
Chateau Rieussec, Bordeaux Sec Blanc 2017Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc
Chateau Rieussec is one of the most noteworthy châteaux in all of Bordeaux, hailing from the same great talents as Lafite Rothschild. The Rieussec winery and vineyard is located in the region of Graves (aka gravel) on the Left Bank of Bordeaux. In Graves is the appellation of Sauternes, famous for its honeyed, rich dessert wines, but Rieussec also makes an incredible Bordeaux Blanc Sec. The winery was begun in the 18th century under the Carmelite monks, who valued the vineyards' gravelly clay and sandy soil. During the great 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, Rieussec was ranked as a First Growth for its Sauternes and Barsac wines. Another turning point occurred in 1984 when Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired the estate, implementing meticulous measures often described as “Draconian.”
This Bordeaux Blanc comes from the same vines as the Sauternes, though the main difference here is that the grapes are harvested much earlier before their potential exposure to noble rot, otherwise known as botrytis. The wine is always fermented in barrels in order to balance it and extend its ageability in the cellar.
Chateau d'Yquem "Y" Bordeaux Blanc 2018Regular price $250.00 Save $-250.00
Variety: Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc
There are sweet wines from around the world, and then there are the cherished wines of Yquem. The famed estate has history dating back to 1593 and has exchanged hands a few times over history with the quality rising with each passing. The property is classified as a Premier Cru Superieur “Superior First Growth”, and was part of the official classification in 1855. There are 310 acres of vineyards planted in Sauternes with only 100 in production at any time. The chateau makes two wines: the Sauternes which is sweet, and ‘Y’ Bordeaux Blanc which is dry. Both wines undergo the same meticulous attention in the vineyard, harvesting and winemaking are completed rather differently. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are the foundation for both.
“Y” is a dry white wine made from both early harvested Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that’s achieved the perfect ripeness. The wine was first made for the 1996 harvest, as there was a call for more wine that was fresh and crisp. The wine is now made in every vintage.
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classe de Graves Blanc 2018Regular price $100.00 Save $-100.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
One of Château Malartic Lagravière’s bragging rights is that they are one of six properties to make the 1953 Graves Classification for both their whites and their reds. The property was originally known as Domaine de La Graviere, clearly taking its inspiration from the region of Graves surrounding it. It took on its current name when the Malartic family took over the domaine at the end of the 18th century. The family had a well-known son who was a French Navy Admiral, which is how there came to be a ship on the front of this label. Over the years, the care and precision of the work put forth into this property continues to show itself.
This is 80% Sauvignon Blanc while the rest of the blend is Semillon. This comes from seven hectares of vines which are all planted to these white varieties. The wine is aged in barrels, 55% of which are new. This is salty and tangy with an oily texture lending itself well to seafood pairings.
Lillet, Aperitif BlancRegular price $29.00 Save $-29.00
In the region of Bordeaux, red wine may be King, but the white wines of the region have an incredible versatility. Dry and sweet wines are made, and this incredible aromatized wine is made using the local Semillon grapes. With a base of both wine and neutral grain alcohol, a light dose of sugar, a hint of bitterness from quinine, and the juice and peels of several varieties of citrus. The wine cellars just like a traditional Bordeaux wine - in barrels. Enjoy as a spritz with the addition of sparkling wine and a slice of citrus, on the rocks, or in a Vesper martini.