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Chateau Les-Charmes Godard Blanc 2014

Bordeaux White Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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13% ABV
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3.6 18 Ratings
13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Blend: 50% Sémillon, 35% Sauvignon Gris, 15% Sauvignon Blanc

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JS 93
James Suckling
This is one of the best dry white values in Bordeaux. There’s so much old-vine character from the blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s full-bodied yet agile and minerally with lemon-rind and stone character. Fantastic. Get it.
WW 92
Wilfred Wong of
What is Francs Côtes de Bordeaux and where is it? This slightly warmer region, in the eastern part of Bordeaux, has produced some of the area's best value wines. The top-caliber 2014 Château Les-Charmes Godard is a beautiful and satisfying white wine. Made from Sémillon, Sauvignon Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc, the wine shows attractive green apple and ripe citrus in its aromas and flavors. Its rich palate textures make it a natural choice with grilled white fish. (Tasted: July 6, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
WS 90
Wine Spectator
There's lots of zip here, with lemon pulp and sel gris notes imparting a chiseled edge while verbena and chamomile details dance on the finish. Pure and delightful. Sémillon, Sauvignon Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2018.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Les Charmes-Godard Blanc has an attractive nose of red apples (not green here), yellow flowers, honeycomb and a touch of white chocolate. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity, lively and surprisingly tensile. It offers touches of orange rind and grapefruit towards the finish that gains more weight as it aerates in the glass. This has turned out well and should drink for several years.
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Chateau Les-Charmes Godard

Chateau Les-Charmes Godard

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Chateau Les-Charmes Godard, Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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In 1988, Nicolas Thienpont and his brothers bought Les Charmes Godard, a property of 16 acres, which produces both red and white wine and, starting in 2005, a dessert wine called "Aurea".

In the Charmes Godard white, it is both the predominance of Semillon and the winemaking techniques (barrel fermentation and lies contact) that give the wine its richness and unctuousness, as well as good supporting acidity. Its aromatic complexity is due to judicious blending with Muscadelle and Sauvignon Gris.

Cotes de Francs

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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 interest. 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.

In the Glass

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, can have lush stone fruit and honey character.

Perfect Pairings

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 Secret

Sauternes and Barsac are usually reserved for dessert, but smart 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 or 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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