Chateau Timberlay Blanc 2011
Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
One of the oldest Chateau in Bordeaux, and first awarded for quality in 1893, Chateau Timberlay brings authenticity and tradition to its wines, but also crafts its Bordeaux wines to be approachable and accessible for every occasion. Attention to detail is a hallmark of this legendary winery through hand-picking and hand-sorting the grapes to the beehives on the estate that help cross-pollinate the flowers that are planted in the vineyards to enhance soil quality.
Their meticulous approach shines through in this Bordeaux Blanc blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. With its light straw color and hints of green, it showcases a subtle floral bouquet; well-balanced and full of character. Crisp yet soft flavors and very round and fruity with a touch of citrus. Enjoy with soft cheeses, fish and roast chicken.
Wine Spectator - "Ripe and forward, offering verbena, peach and citrus oil notes, but with good cut on the finish for balance."
Chateau Timberlay Winery
One of the oldest Chateau in Bordeaux, originating in 1366, Chateau Timberlay produces estate grown Bordeaux wines with an ecological and terroir driven philosophy. Their offerings combine tradition and authenticity with an approach that makes Bordeaux accessible. The Chateau Timberlay estate is farmed under the ecologically friendly guidelines of Terra Vitis. This includes practices such as jachere in which vineyard plots are planted with annual flowers to invigorate and enhance the soil’s organic structure and attract good predators. Beehives enhance the practice, helping to pollinate the flowers and encouraging a thriving, diverse ecosystem. Grasses are grown between the vines, eliminating the need for chemical herbicides and stimulating deep rooting and healthy soils. View all Chateau Timberlay Wines
About Other BordeauxA few extra appellations:
Bourg & Blaye
These two appellations are just across the Gironde river from the Haut-Medoc – a bit northwest of St-Émilion and its satellites. Bourg is the smaller appellation, nestled under the much bigger Blaye. Both have AC status, Cotes de Bourg AC and Cotes de Blaye AC. One step up on the AOC chain is the Premieres Cotes de Blaye AC, producing excellent red wines. Both regions rely primarily on Merlot, blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and some Cabernet Franc. Whites are allowed here too – usually Sauvignon Blanc, creating dry and pleasant wine.
Listrac & Moulis
These two appellations are situated in the western part of the Medoc, in that they are further inland from their more prestigious neighbor communes like Margaux and Pauillac. In typically Medoc fashion, the wines are based on Cabernet Sauvignon. Due to their location further inland, the soils are dense and retain water, leading to wines that can be more rustic than those wines from communes on the riverbanks. But seek out the good producers, as many bargains are to be had in the Cru Bourgeois of these regions.
Entre Deux Mers is not exactly what it means – between two seas - as technically it's between two rivers. The wines produced in this region, sandwiched between the Garonne & Dardogne rivers, are light and charming and often reasonably priced. The AC of Entre Deux Mers is only for white wines, reds from the region will be listed as Bordeaux AC. Like other Bordeaux whites, wines of the area are made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. Light, crisp, citrus-y and floral, these wines are great summer drinkers.
Bordeaux & Bordeaux Superior
Bordeaux wines that do not fall under a specific appellation are labeled "Appellation Bordeaux" or "Appellation Bordeaux Superieur." The majority of wines made in Bordeaux fall into one of these categories. Wines from these two classifications are made with grapes that come from any appellation within Bordeaux – white or red. Most of the wines are white, and much of the red comes from Entre Deux Mers, where only white wines can bear the namesake appellation on their label. Bordeaux Superior has slightly stricter regulations than the Bordeaux AC.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsdeepsouth - Huntsville, AL36/26/2013Nice fresh flavor. Light and a hint of fruit.John Contreras - Chicago, IL31/11/2013
The Wine...Ch. Timberlay Bordeaux Blanc 2011...The scene...Christmas Eve at our house with the family. The wife made salmon for the evening with shrimp to munch on. I had a few beers before dinner so when we sat down and opened the wine I was a bit full and maybe thats why the wine wasn't sitting well with me...wife said she liked it but I'm not gonna lie here...I don't much remember the wine so I'll go with the wife's three stars rating. I did buy another bottle of this but the Bordeaux Red Blends was the choice so maybe I'll remember that one.
- Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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