White Bordeaux’s to the Rescue

Chateau Coucheroy – Pessac Leognan

Beautiful and crisp White Bordeaux wines are the perfect solution to this heatwave we are presently enduring. I’m sure there are more hot days to come as the World heats up. That’s a topic for another discussion as winemakers and vineyard owners scramble to rescue their vines as temps rise. We also have fire and smoke and COVID to add to the situation. It is an excellent time to enjoy White Bordeaux wines.

This is a glass of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte White Bordeaux fresh from the fermentation tank – Vintage 2016. Sells now for around $100 a bottle.

Only 8% of the vineyards in Bordeaux are white wine grapes. White Bordeaux wines are a mix of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. The Muscadelle is used only in small amounts or not at all.

White Bordeaux wines you can buy now

The Vintage Wine Tasters search for Best Buy wines among White Bordeaux’s. These are White Bordeaux wines you can buy now. We list the price and where to purchase the wines.

2017 Clos des Lunes “Lune d’Argent”

Mike is very high on the 2017 Clos des Lunes “Lune d’Argent” at KL Wines for $21.99. Before the tariffs, the Clos des Lunes was about $17. Mike says: “A portion of the wine was barrel-aged, giving the wine a great feel on the palate and good depth. We have wonderful acidity and a touch of lemon to make this wine a complement for a wide array of dishes. The finish is broad and lasting. I am rating the wine 90 Points.” 13% Alcohol, 70% Sauvignon Blanc, and 30% Semillon.

2018 Chateau Haut-Rian

Jim recommends a White Bordeaux that you can purchase at BevMo ($12) or Total Wines ($11). It is the 2018 Chateau Haut-Rian. Jim, ordinarily a red wine drinker, likes the crisp flavors of the wine. “It is a great wine for outdoor dining. I like the lemon and white flower character. The price is right for this wine.” A blend of 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc.

2017 Esprit de Saint-Sulpice

Joe Fama is all on board for 2017 Esprit de Saint-Sulpice. “This crisp, refreshing Bordeaux offers a full range of subtle fruit flavors and a satisfying after taste. I would serve this wine with light seafood and as a pleasing cocktail wine as well. $16.31 at BevMo.”

2016 Chateau Tour De Mirambeaux

Bruce’s choice is the Chateau Tour De Mirambeaux, 2016, at Weimax for $21.99. It is 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon, and 5% Muscadelle. “This is my first time with a White Bordeaux. I am enjoying the taste of this wine. It has great balance, some minerality, and some apple character. I will rebuy it.”

Mouton Cadet Blanc

Jim A recommends the Mouton Cadet Blanc. The wine is popular at the big wine shops. It sells at BevMo ($14) and Total Wine ($12). It is 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 28% Semillon, 2% Muscadelle. “I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this White Bordeaux. It is pleasant and fragrant, and has a refreshing snap to it. “

2016 Chateau Coucheroy

Lemon, lemon, and more lemon in this 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Graves. We also have some fresh-cut grass. All the flavors are subtle. Any food that needs a squeeze of lemon will pair perfectly with this tasty and refreshing White Bordeaux. 88 Points. It is $18 at Total Wine. Delicious.

White Bordeaux Pairing Ideas

White Bordeaux food match
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