white bordeaux

Bordeaux (White)

Although most famous for its red wines, Bordeaux produces outstanding dry whites, the finest of which come from the Graves (Pessac-Léognan) and the Entre-Deux-Mers. Then of course there are the world's most famous sweet white wines from the adjoining appellations of Sauternes and Barsac, the king of which is Château d'Yquem and its wines of legendary longevity. Two grape varieties dominate both the dry and the sweet wines - Sauvignon and Semillon - both of which reach arguably their greatest potential in Bordeaux.


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Château Climens

The website for Château Climens can be found at http://www.chateau-climens.fr/

 
2000 Château Climens, 1er Cru Barsac 50cl bottles x 6
 2007-2020
 6 50cl bottles
TBA
£240.00
"The proprietors are extremely happy with what they were able to produce in 2000. Even though this vintage has a poor reputation, producers who only included the early-picked grapes in their final blends have often turned out nearly exceptional wines. Yields for the 2000 Climens were microscopic (four hectoliters per hectare) and the wine, although somewhat monolithic (I tasted it right after bottling), exhibits honeyed citrus, pineapple, and hints of pears, butter, and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied and elegant, with superb purity (a hallmark of this great estate), it should be at its finest between 2007-2020. 91" Robert Parker in The Wine Advocate #146 
2003 Château Climens, 1er Cru Barsac Halves x 12
 2008-2018
 12 Halves
TBA
£414.00
Robert Parker scored this wine twice - 95-98 points in Wine Advocate #158; 97 in Wine Advocate #164. Neal Martin (90 points, Wine Advocate #207) doesn't agree. The reality is probably somewhere between the two - say 93-94 - as the wine is brilliant, though being 2003 is not in the classic, taught Climens style. 

Château Doisy Vedrines

 
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2011 Château Petit Vedrines, Sauternes, 2nd wine of Château Doisy Vedrines
 2014-2019
 12 Bottles
£185.00
£252.00
A second wine from a highly rated property in a great vintage - truly brilliant value! 

Château Grand Village

The property, and indeed the residence, of Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau - the proprietors of one of the most distinguised properties of Pomerol, Château Lafleur.  Jacques' family has owned this property near Mouillac, beyond Fronsac, north west of Pomerol.  Jacques, Sylvie and their son Baptiste do everything both at Lafleur and Grand Village - and the estate's employees also work on both properties - so Grand Village benefits enormously from the association with its more famous stable mate.

 
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2015 Château Grand Village Blanc Les Champs Libres x 3
 2017-2021
 3 Bottles
£120.00
TBA
 

Château Guiraud

The website for Château Guiraud can be found at: http://chateauguiraud.fr/en/

 
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1998 Château Guiraud, 1er Cru Sauternes Halves x 12
 2013-2020
 12 Halves
TBA
£222.00
"Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 1998 Guiraud does not possess the vigor of the 1997, but it has an attractive nose of melted candle wax, brown sugar and marmalade that blossoms in the glass. The palate is clean and pure on the entry with crisp acidity. It is a more feminine, lithe Sauternes compared to the 1997 with a pretty peach and dried apricot finish interlaced with spice. Fine. 90" Neal Martin on eRobertParker #207 

Château Rieussec

The website for Château Rieussec can be found at http://www.lafite.com/eng/Bordeaux-Estates/Chateau-Rieussec

 
Chateau Rieussec
2003 Château Rieussec, 1er Cru Sauternes Halves x 12
 2013-2024
 12 Halves
TBA
£216.00
As with the 2003 Climens, there is disagreement between Robert Parker and Neal Martin. Parker scores the wine at 93-96 (Wine Advocate #152), 94-97 (Wine Advocate #158) and 96 (Wine Advocate #164). Neal Martin gives the wine 91 points (Wine Advocate #207). 
2008 Carmes de Rieussec, Sauternes, 2nd wine of Château Rieussec
 2011-2018
 12 Bottles
£180.00
£244.80
At not much more than a third of the price of the Grand Vin, this is really terrific value. Fabulous complex Sauternes. 

Château Suduiraut

The website for Château Suduiraut can be found at: http://www.suduiraut.com/en/

 
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2003 Château Suduiraut, 1er Grand Cru Classé Sauternes Halves x 12
 2013-2024
 12 Halves
TBA
£210.00
Again, widely differing opinions. Parker gave the wine 89-93 in Wine Advocate #152 (but with the caveat that he tasted it only once, and that this was very early in its development), 92-95 in Wine Advocate #158 and 95 in Wine Advocate #164. Neal Martin, in Wine Advocate #207, gave the wine 90 points. He doesn't like its richness, describing it as "an unashamedly hedonistic Suduiraut." That about sums up the 2003s in Sauternes. 

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