House: Chateau La Rose Bellevue
Name: Bordeaux Blanc
Origin: Bordeaux, France
Price: 52 DKK/7 EUR/8,70 USD on winefamly.dk (market price 89 DKK/12 EUR/14,90 USD)
Bordeaux as a wine region
Bordeaux is located in the south-western part of France around shores of river Garonne. It is divided into over 50 different micro-regions called appellation. This regions in most known for its rich red wines, but that is not what I am tasting today (we will get to red Bordeaux later on my journey).
Besides good wines, they are also known for crazy prices with houses such as Chateau Margaux, Petrus or Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. Interesting fact is, that you can find cheap and good Bordeaux practically next door. And why is that? There are two answers: appellations and Cru system. I will talk about Cru system later when I taste red Bordeaux. For now, let’s take a look at appellations.
Appellation system in France
Learning about French appellation system is a life-time endeavor. Bordeaux region itself identifies 57 appellations. But how is it possible, that even though the wine is grown in same, not too big region, the prices can range from budget wines up to sky high prices? (Most expensive Bordeaux in regular bottle size is Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, 1869 which was sold for 233 000 USD). Besides mentioned Cru system, it is the micro-climate of appellation called Terroir.
Terroir is set of characteristic of a micro-climate in each of the micro regions. As mentioned before, many times you can find cheap Bordeaux from house just next door. Such examples are expensive Pomerol vs. cheaper Lalande-de-Pomerol or expensive Margaux vs. cheap Medoc. To be honest, unless the wine has Grand Cru designation, ordinary wine drinker like you or me will most probably not taste any difference between expensive and cheap neighbor. Feel free to ask me about cheaper alternative for a wine you are considering to buy.
Chateau La Rose Bellevue, Bordeaux Blanc, 2016
As mentioned before, Bordeaux is well known for its red wines. From my experience, many customers don’t even know about existence of white Bordeaux which makes a bit of an underdog in the wine world. These wines are among my favorites.
Wine that I am tasting today contains 85% of Sauvignon Blanc and 15% of Muscadelle. In the nose the wine is very light, with nice minerality, floral and citrus tones. Already after pouring the wine in the glass we can see the light viscosity/thickness which is confirmed in the taste. Taste is very light with nice playful acidity and light hint of grapefruit. Wine is quite short aftertaste.
This white Bordeaux is one of the lighter ones in comparison with what I tasted before. Very nice wine for casual drinking alone or with friends on warm summer evening. I would recommend this wine with light fish or seafood dishes.