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Chateau Les Charmes-Godard Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018

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JS 93
James Suckling
Structured and very layered with density and power. A salty and mineral undertone to the dried-pear and apple flavors. Tangy and crispy. Old-vine semillon makes this happen.
Barrel Sample: 92-93
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Les Charmes-Godard 2018 Blanc displays scents of lemon drops, pink grapefruit and Bosc pears plus nuances of coriander seed and white pepper. Medium-bodied, it has a wonderful silkiness to the texture and wonderfully intense citrus layers in the mouth with a crisp backbone and long finish.
Barrel Sample: 90-92
D 91
Decanter
This is majority old-vine Sémillon fermented in 500l oak casks. There's clear depth to the ripe stone fruits and a welcome sense of scraping minerality, with a touch of bitterness on the finish. Owned by Nicolas Thienpont.
Barrel Sample: 91
JD 91
Jeb Dunnuck
From the Thienpont team and including a big chunk of Sémillon, the 2018 Château Les Charmes-Godard reveals a light gold color as well as tart citrus and green apple notes. Medium-bodied, vibrant and juicy, it has terrific acidity and a clean, racy style that's going to be versatile on the table.
Barrel Sample: 89-91
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Chateau Les Charmes-Godard

Chateau Les Charmes-Godard

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Chateau Les Charmes-Godard, 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.

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Cotes de Francs

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On the right bank of Bordeaux between St. Emilion and Bergerac, Cotes de Francs boasts southwestern exposed slopes that produce robust Merlot-based wines. A tiny amount of Sémillon is grown and made in both dry and sweet styles.

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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.

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" called botrytis, can have lush stone fruit and honey characteristics.

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 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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