White Bordeaux can be a real treat – a creamy, lush blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that’s just the thing for steamed shellfish, a warm wheel of brie, or a summer vegetable salad. This is an inexpensive $9 bottling from Trader Joe’s that I’m enjoying with some cheese and salad tonight. Although this is labeled Sauvignon Blanc for the US market, I’m certain there’s some Semillon in it.
Les Portes de Bordeaux Blanc (2012) Bordeaux, France – $9.
Aroma: a nice balance of herbal and grassy notes with some soft gooseberry fruit.
Taste: thyme and basil, followed by lemongrass, citrus, and more gooseberry. The mouthfeel is creamy: this has excellent balance and is not too acidic – a challenge for inexpensive white Bordeaux. A good choice for an introductory White Bordeaux. If you’re a Sauvignon Blanc drinker, this shows the benefits of Semillon to the blend. It plumps out the texture and body, and rounds off the fruit flavors to make it a more versatile wine.