A white from Gascony – Chateau Belingard

They make some lovely, crisp whites in the far southwestern corner of France. This is 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon, the same grapes and proportions as a typical white Bordeaux, but I’m expecting this have an extra edge from the limestone soil and mountain air.

Chateau Belingard (2012) Bergerac, France – $10

Photo0374Color: very pale yellow, about the lightest-colored wine you’ll ever see.

Aroma: gooseberry and citrus peel – lime, lemon, and grapefruit.

Taste: crisp and citrusy on the palate; with some mineral notes on the finish. This isn’t quite big enough to stand up to rich seafood or chicken in a cream sauce, but it’s a nice aperitif and is a great companion to a chunk of warm brie. Keep this in mind for the summer!

 

White Bordeaux, Tasting note, France

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