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Bordeaux White Blends

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Sometimes light and crisp, other times rich and creamy, Bordeaux White Blends typically consist of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Often, a small amount of Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris is included for added intrigue. This blend was popularized in the Bordeaux region of France (where it also comprises outstanding sweet wines like Sauternes and Barsac), but is often mimicked throughout the New World, particularly in California, Washington and Australia.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux White Blends

Bordeaux White Blends are dry white wines. Sémillon provides the background to this blend, with a relatively full body and an oily texture. Sauvignon Blanc adds acidity and lots of bright fruit flavor, particularly white grapefruit, lime and freshly cut grass. Used in smaller proportions, Muscadelle can contribute fresh floral notes, while Sauvignon Gris is less aromatic but offers ripe, juicy fruit on the palate. These wines run the gamut from unoaked, refreshing, and easy to drink to serious, complex and barrel-aged. The latter style, usually with a higher percentage of Sémillon, can develop aromas of ginger, chamomile and dried orange peel. The dessert wines produced by these blends, often with the help of "noble rot" called botrytis, can have lush stone fruit and honey characteristics.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux White Blends

Crisp, dry Bordeaux White Blends are the perfect accompaniment for raw or lightly cooked seafood, especially shellfish. A more structured, Sémillon-based bottling can stand up to richer fish, chicken, or pork dishes in white sauces. These blends also work well with a variety of vegetables and fresh herbs, like asparagus, peas, basil and tarragon. Sweet dessert wines are traditionally enjoyed with strong blue cheeses, foie gras or fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux White Blends

Sauternes and Barsac are usually reserved for dessert, but astute sommeliers know that they can be served at any time—before, during or after the meal. Try these sweet wines as an aperitif with jamón ibérico, oysters with a spicy mignonette or during dinner alongside hearty Alsatian sausage, poached lobster in beurre blanc sauce or even fried chicken.

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  • Plantagenet Hazard Hill Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Front Label
    Plantagenet Hazard Hill Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008
    Bordeaux White Blends from Australia
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        • Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2008 Front Label
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          Bordeaux White Blends from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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        • Cadaretta Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon (SBS) 2008 Front Label
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        • Chateau La Rose Sarron Blanc 2008 Front Label
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            • Four Sisters Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2008 Front Label
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              • Chimney Rock Elevage Blanc 2008 Front Label
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              • Chateau Saint-Florin Bordeaux Blanc 2008 Front Label
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                • L'Ecole 41 Luminesce Seven Hills Vineyard 2008 Front Label
                  L'Ecole 41 Luminesce Seven Hills Vineyard 2008
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                • Chateau Brown Blanc 2008 Front Label
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                • Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2008 Front Label
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                    • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Blanc 2008 Front Label
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                      • DeLille Chaleur Estate Blanc 2008 Front Label
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                        • Umamu Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Front Label
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